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  • **The CE home study is a video (MP4) of a presentation. A link will be emailed to you for you to access the video and posttests. See computer requirements below.

    **This home study meets all 4 hours in Digital Radiography required by the regulations in the State of California.

    This course was originally designed to meet the Digital Radiography portion of the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch 2013 CE licensure renewal rules for Certified Radiologic Technologists (CRTs). The new rules state that four of the 24 required hours obtained must be about digital radiography within the two years immediately preceding the expiration of your permit. However, all Radiologic Technologists will earn 4 hours of Category A credits at the completion of this home study.

  • This learning activity is a five part PowerPoint video presentation expertly narrated by Louis K. Wagner, Ph.D. DABR, FAAPM, FACR  There is a posttest at the end of each activity that should be completed before moving on to the next section.  All five posttests must be completed with a passing grade of 75% to print your CME certificate.   If you have slow internet service, you may find it more convenient to download the video for viewing on your computer.  **See computer equipment specifications below.

    Are you ready to meet the new fluoroscopy requirements of 25 TAC 289.227 Use of Radiation Machines in the Healing Arts that went into effect May 1, 2013?  Our Radiation Safety Awareness Training course is designed to make it easy for you to meet the requirements and get the training for you and/or your staff.  This course is composed of eight hours of comprehensive training specific to the new requirements for individuals operating fluoroscopy equipment. The training is available on the AHEC’s website in five new narrated video presentations that total 8 hours CME.  Physicians and other healthcare providers completing all five parts of the course will receive a certificate of completion for 8 hours Category 1™ AMA PRA credit.  This course is designed to enhance your understanding of radiation as a valuable tool that must be managed well to protect patients and staff in today’s use of medical fluoroscopic equipment.  You will learn the principles of radiation protection and the biological effects of x-ray radiation.  You will improve your understanding of operation and principles of the fluoroscopic system to include exposure (air kerma) outputs, high level control options, dose reduction techniques and procedures for recording pertinent data.

  • **The CE home study is a video (MP4) of a presentation. A link will be emailed to you for you to access the video and posttests. See computer requirements below.

    **This home study meets all 4 hours in Fluoroscopic Radiation Safety required by the regulations in the State of California.

    This course was originally designed to meet the Fluoroscopic Radiation Safety portion of the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch 2013 CE licensure renewal rules for Certified Radiologic Technologists (CRTs). The new rules state that four of the 24 required hours obtained must be about fluoroscopic radiation safety within the two years immediately preceding the expiration of your permit. However, all Radiologic Technologists will earn 4 hours of Category A credits at the completion of this home study.

  • In the field of Radiology, communication with people who have communicable diseases is unavoidable. Health Care Workers can reduce the risk of contracting diseases through education in the most commonly occurring types of pathological conditions. This lesson will help the radiographer distinguish the difference between Hepatitis A, B, non-infectious Hepatitis and Hepatitis C, and explain the radiographer’s role in diagnosing Hepatitis.

    In the world of radiology, healthcare professionals are exposed to a multitude of diseases. Healthcare professionals can reduce the risk of contracting diseases and learn patient care for indidivuals that have neurological impairments through education. This home study will help the radiologic technologist identify five common diseases in the radiology department and how to work with patients with these illnesses.

  • Upon completion of this home study the reader will be able to:

    • Explain how trauma radiography in the emergency room differs from routine radiography
    • Discuss working conditions associated with the emergency room
    • Define trauma
    • Relate the medicolegal aspects of imaging and why trauma radiography requires
    • List the requirements for permanent film identification
    • Explain how to calculate exposure (Ball Park) that produces diagnostic radiographs in adverse conditions
  • Course objectives

    • Be able to discuss breast anatomy & physiology
    • Differentiate between congenital anomalies and pathology.
    • List types of breast cancers and define what each is.
    • Describe the mammographic appearance of breast pathology
    • Describe the development of the breast and its changes that occur through a woman's lifetime.
    • Be able to list the portions of a pathology report and describe what they contain.
    • Describe the differences between invasive and noninvasive cancer.
    • Recognize clinical presentations of the breast that are typical for certain types of breast cancers.
    • Discuss the process known as cancer.
    • Relate the impact of cancer on the U.S. population.
  • Learn the how and why of trauma radiography

    You will learn to tailor the exam to fit the needs of the patient in trauma where acting fast is a must. It is also an excellent reference guide for emergency procedures. It has a logical presentation with descriptions of images and what the expected radiograph should demonstrate. Included are head to toe procedures and exams of foreign bodies.

    • Basic Principles
    • Skull
    • Face
    • Shoulders
    • Elbow
    • Wrist and Forearm
    • Hand and Fingers
    • Cervical Spine
    • Lumbar Spine Pelvis
    • Hip and Proximal Femur
    • Knee
    • Ankle, Hind Foot, Mid Foot and Fore Foot
    • Chest
    • Abdomen
    • Penetrating Foreign Bodies
    • Swallowed Foreign Bodies
    • Particular Paediatric Points
  • As a result of participating in this homestudy, the practitioner should be able to:

    • Understand the etiology and pathophysiology of acute respiratory distress
      syndrome (ARDS).
    • Understand the symptoms, the diagnostic criteria, and treatment strategies
      for ARDS.
    • Understand the role of radiologic technologists in the diagnosis and treatment
      of ARDS.
  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is a serious condition that is common in intensive care units (ICUs). Despite advances in medicine, ARDS remains one of the leading causes of mortality among critically ill people. Because physicians rely on imaging techniques to determine the extent of a patient’s disease process, radiologic technologists play a vital role in acquiring images necessary for an accurate diagnosis.

    Authors:

    Tegra Rosera, M.S., M.A.
    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Objectives: At the end of this home study the technologist will be able to:

    1. Understand what type of disease Alzheimer's is
    2. Discuss Lenz's Law
    3. Understand the stages of Alzheimer's disease
    4. Understand imaging modalities used for diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
    5. Understand the causes of dementia
  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Alzheimer’s is a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in increasing memory loss, inability to think or reason, and changes in personal behaviors. Our role as radiographers is the understanding of the disease mechanism, as well as, the implications for society. The field of imaging is moving closer to the key of an earlier diagnosis. The utilization of mechanistic imaging and functional MRI has the potential to improve the diagnosis.  We will discuss the cause, progression and risk factors of the disease as well as the effects and burden of the disease on the patient and family. Imaging modalities used to diagnosis such as SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) PET (positron emission tomography), and MRI have been the most useful tools. These are used in conjunction with mental status examinations for evaluation. You can share the exciting frontier of imaging in this lesson. Includes color illustrations.

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy.  AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Objectives: At the end of this home study the technologist will be able to:

    1.Understand the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia

    2.Identify the different stages of progression of the disease

    3.Discuss common causes of dementia

    4.Understand the differences between SPECT, PET and MR imaging and Alzheimer’s Understand where research for the cure is and possible prevention methods for patients with a history of the disease

  • Lesson Objectives

    1. Identify the three stages of illness.
    2. Review synovial joint anatomy.
    3. Name the causes of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
    4. List the symptoms for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
    5. Discuss the tissue change that occurs due to the inflammatory process during osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
    6. Describe radiographic findings for the arthritis types of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid and gout.
  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    37 million Americans suffer from various forms of arthritis (arthritis.com). Learn the cause, progression and risk factors of the disease as well as the effects and burden on the patient and family, and how certain imaging modalities have been the most useful tools.

    Author:

    Jera Roberts RT(R)(M)

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Introduction

    In the rapidly changing medical environment, diagnostic procedures are becoming more and more sophisticated. Where once interpretation of lab values and cardiac activity were the sole territory of physicians and critical care nurses, it is now becoming almost mandatory for anyone involved in patient care to be able to recognize potentially life threatening situations.

    In Radiology, it is becoming a standard of patient care for cardiac monitoring to be used, not only in Nuclear Medicine and Special Procedures, but now also in Diagnostic Imaging, MRI, and CT, as well as other special situations.

    This course is not designed to teach intervention of life threatening dysrhythmias, but to familiarize the Radiology Technologist with the cardiac dysrhythmias that do require immediate intervention, and those that are not emergent or urgent.

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Contrast media to improve medical imaging has been used for many years. However, these agents are not devoid of risks. Knowledge and preparation are the key to avoiding the perils of contrast administration. Familiarize yourself with the desired results of contast media administration and the potential adverse reactions that can occur when using contrast media. This activity reviews important patient assessment, vital sign concerns and other diagnostic signs important for imaging professionals to recognize.

    Authors:

    Deborah Phlipot Scroggins, B.Ed, R.T., (CV)(M)
    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Contrast media to improve medical imaging has been used for many years. However, these agents are not devoid of risks. Knowledge and preparation are the key to avoiding the perils of contrast administration. Familiarize yourself with the desired results of contast media administration and the potential adverse reactions that can occur when using contrast media. This activity reviews important patient assessment, vital sign concerns and other diagnostic signs important for imaging professionals to recognize.

    Authors:

    Deborah Phlipot Scroggins, B.Ed, R.T., (CV)(M)
    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Targeted information for bone density technology.

    Comprehensive and practical information on topics ranging from technical descriptions of all FDA approved devices to a clinical overview of osteoporosis are found in this textbook. Learn what you need to know about the art and science of interpreting bone density data with a toolbox of information about the bone density procedure and equipment.

    • An Introduction to Conventions in Densitometry
    • Densitometry Techniques
    • Skeletal Anatomy in Densitometry
    • FDA-Approved Densitometry Devices
    • Computer Basics
    • The Importance of Precision
    • Radiation Safety in X-Ray Densitometry
    • Quality Control
    • An Overview of Osteoporosis
    • Interpretation of Bone Densitometry Data
    • Considerations in Pediatric Densitometry
    • Moving Beyond Bone Density With Bone Densitometers: Skeletal Morphometry and Body Composition Assessments
  • Join AHEC faculty Lesa Mohr, R.T.(R)(QM)(BD) for Part I of the video series of Bone Densitometry Principles and Procedures.  Bone densitometry has proven to be a key tool in the diagnosis and treatment outcomes for patients with osteoporosis, and an effective means to promote prevention in others. There are an estimated 44 million Americans affected by osteoporosis each year. The inclusion of bone densitometry as a reimbursable Medicare procedure has focused attention on who is performing the procedures and on personnel training requirements. You will receive a comprehensive understanding of bone densitometry if you complete Part I and Part II of the program.

    In Part I, you will learn about some of the myths of osteoporosis, anatomy for DXA, osteoporosis types and facts for women, men, and children, patient eligibility, and documentation.  You will enjoy discovering the most current prevention and treatments used for osteoporosis and bone health.  Your main focus throughout part I is to strengthen your knowledge and prepare you for Part II. 

    After you complete the four Modules of Part I, you may wish to purchase and complete Part II.  Part II includes physician and technical responsibilities, a wealth of information about the patient questionnaire and documentation, precision and QC testing, positioning, and  image evaluation.

  • Join AHEC faculty Lesa Mohr, R.T.(R)(QM)(BD) for Part II-Modules 5-8 of the video series Bone Densitometry Principles and Procedures.  The Part II modules may act as a continuation of Part I, or you may take this module separately. 

    You will begin with Module 5 in a look at the responsibilities for protocols and procedures for the MD and the technologist, along with guidance in creating a bone density questionnaire that is beneficial to the interpreting physician.  Module 6 will show you an overview of all the common diagnostic methods of measuring bone mass, with an emphasis on DXA.  You will surely improve your quality management with Module 7’s discussion and explanation of precision testing and quality control for DXA.  Module 8 provides a thorough positioning lesson on acquiring and analyzing routine DXA procedures with image evaluations.

  • Course Topics

    • Basic Concepts: Hydrogen in Tissue vs. Hydrogen in Liquids
    • TR and TE
    • The Pulse Sequence: Gradient vs. Spin Echo
    • Steady-State GRE
    • Inversion Recovery Pulse
    • Pulse Sequence Classification
  • Learn the “how” & “why” of the newest technologies for imaging. Using this narrated and animated program, you can build upon your x-ray knowledge to gain a genuine understanding of the fundamentals, applications, and value of this technology.

  • Objectives

    At the conclusion of the lesson, the participant will be able to:

    • Define conscious sedation
    • Identify the uses of conscious sedation.
    • Explain the difficulties experienced by facilities wishing to perform conscious sedation in the radiology department.
    • List the qualifications of radiologists in radiology departments providing conscious sedation.
    • Define the various terms associated with conscious sedation.
    • Discuss patient assessment in the conscious sedation procedure.
    • List the discharge criteria for patients who have undergone conscious sedation.
    • Identify the medications used in conscious sedation and reversal.
    • Describe the emergency scenarios that may occur, and the proper procedure for handling such emergencies.
    • Identify the special considerations for sedating pediatric patients
    • Explain the venipuncture procedure
  • Course objectives

    • Describe the CR Image Process
    • Explain the difference between turbid phosphors and needle phosphors
    • Discuss the differences between a single emulsion and dual emulsion plate.
    • Relate formulation of imaging exposure techniques.
    • Discuss the use of AEC with CR
    • Compare and contrast film/screen capture vs. PSP capture.
  • Objectives:

    At the completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

    1.       List the eight ACR clinical image evaluation criteria for mammography

    2.       Identify the most common positioning deficiencies and how to communicate the need for additional imaging to the mammography technologist

    3.       Discuss how to optimize radiation safety in mammography

    4.       Explain how implementing EQUIP initiatives can improve mammography qualiity

  • Objectives:

    At the completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

    1.       List the eight ACR clinical image evaluation criteria for mammography

    2.       Identify the most common positioning deficiencies and how to communicate the need for additional imaging to the mammography technologist

    3.       Discuss how to optimize radiation safety in mammography

    4.       Explain how implementing EQUIP initiatives can improve mammography qualiity

  • Pocket-sized atlas provides high-quality images of more than 100 common pathologies visualized on CTs and MRIs. Provides an overview of the pathology, etiology, epidemiology, signs and symptoms, imaging characteristics, treatments, and prognosis for many diseases and disorders.

  • Ideal for residents starting in radiology and radiologic technologists, this concise manual is the perfect introduction to the physics and practice of CT and the interpretation of basic CT images. Designed as a systematic learning tool, it introduces the use of CT scanners for all organs, and includes positioning, use of contrast media, representative CT scans of normal and pathological findings, explanatory drawings with keyed anatomic structures, and an overview of the most important measurement data. Finally, self-assessment quizzes - including answers - at the end of each chapter help the reader monitor progress and evaluate knowledge gained. New in this fourth edition: - Updated examination protocols for multidetector CT and CT angiography - An extended chapter on dual source CT - A new chapter on contrast injectors

  • Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) has been approved now for more than 13 years.  During this time there have been many advancements and changes in applications and technology.

    Your mammography equipment is evolving and the anode and filter combinations use for decades are rapidly changing with digital mammography. Since digital contrast is not influenced by kVp; can we use higher kVp and lower mAs to create images superior to film-screen? 

    This material includes an update of current clinical applications and the physics of digital mammography.  This presentation will complete the theory of digital imaging specifically to mammography.  The last modality to go digital!  You will gain valuable knowledge and understand this amazing evolving technology we use to save lives every day!

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Does a person have the right to end his life with dignity? Is it necessary to prolong a person’s life when it is obvious that there is no chance to lead a “normal life”? Is it ethical to cut short the life of a hopelessly ill person to free him from unbearable torment and suffering? Life expectancy keeps increasing and the technology to keep us living keeps increasing. No one who spends their career in healthcare can isolate themselves from participating in these questions. This study material will discuss the basic arguments of the euthanasia controversy, the attitudes toward euthanasia in the world, medical legal cases that have influenced the euthanasia debate and more. “At some point in life, the only thing worse than dying is being kept alive.”

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy.  AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Objectives:

    1. Understand the basics behind the arguments for and against euthanasia
    2. Understand the world perspective vs. US perspective on euthanasia
    3. Discuss specific medical legal cases that have influenced the euthanasia arguments
    4. Identify the difference between euthanasia vs. physician assisted suicide
    5. Discuss the US healthcare system and euthanasia in it
  • Course objectives

    • Distinguish between analog and digital imaging
    • Explain the difference between computed radiography and direct digital radiography
    • Explain how CCD works
    • Explain the difference between direct and indirect flat plate capture.
    • Relate how a histogram graph is created.
    • Discuss the creation of a digital image
    • Define bit depth
    • Define DQE
    • Define MTF
    • Discuss the relationship between DQE and MTF
    • Explain DAP
    • Discuss how a TFT array works
    • Discuss the configuration differences between a CR system and a dDR system
    • Discuss how digital images are displayed on a monitor
  • OBJECTIVES for CR Presentation
    Upon completion of this section the student should be able to:
    1. Explain the differences between film screen detection and processing of the latent
    image and computed radiography detection and processing of the latent image.
    2. Define: terms related to computed radiography and digital imaging.
    3. Explain the difference between spatial resolution and contrast resolution
    4. Explain the term Dynamic Range
    5. Relate how a photostimulable phosphor plate captures a latent image.
    6. Explain how the computed radiography latent image is processed to produce a visible image.
    7. Discuss the process of creating a digital image from analog information.
    8. Explain the differences in exposure technique for computed radiography versus film screen radiography.
    9. Explain how the energy spectrum required for computed radiography differs from the image spectrum used in film screen radiography.

  • Introduction

    Digital radiology is like teenage sex. It’s on everyone’s mind. Everyone is talking about it, but is anyone doing it? Understanding the new technology and its application to everyday imaging is complicated at best. The questions asked about the relevancy of the technology in today’s cost conscious healthcare market seem to fade in the rush to implement the technology regardless of the cost. It can be compared to the switch from the plastic medium of the 78 and 45 records to the music CD. At the time, the consumer was not given a choice, and the music industry said we would receive better reproduction of sound if we went digital. Long after the conversion had been made, and the old 78 and 45 records had become collector items, the industry admitted that the sound was worse on a CD than in the record medium. There had not been a whole lot gained by the switch. But nothing changed, and we continue with inferior sound produced and delivered on the music CD. So, how is it we are considering giving up film, the best recording medium available, and switching to an electronic recording medium?

  • Course Topics:

    • Positioning routine views
    • Positioning on digital detectors
    • Caveats of positioning on digital detectors
    • Shifting paddles for the MLO views
    • Steps for optimal positioning
    • Body Mechanics in Mammography Positioning
    • Champion Mammographer
  • Learning to position the breast into a diagnostic work of art is challenging and varies from patient to patient in order to optimize visualization of breast tissue. Positioning on an analog unit was the standard for many mammography technologists for many years. Enter full field digital mammography and the transition from positioning on a film bucky to a digital detector. With film screen you had two size image receptors which allowed you to position according to breast size. The digital detectors of today although they offer two field of views can be deceptive and most are thicker than a traditional bucky making it even more challenging to optimize positioning. Proper positioning is critical for breast cancer detection and the technologists should be aware of the difference when transitioning from positioning on a film screen image receptor to a full field digital detector. There are many factors to consider many of which will make the transition easier. Bottom line…film screen or digital image receptor the technologist must follow the proper standards for positioning and compression in order to achieve optimal imaging.

     

    This presentation covers tips for positioning in digital mammography and includes information on proper body mechanics for mammography technologists. You will enjoy this informational light hearted presentation that will inspire you to always do the best you can! 

    Course Topics:

    • Positioning routine views
    • Positioning on digital detectors
    • Caveats of positioning on digital detectors
    • Shifting paddles for the MLO views
    • Steps for optimal positioning
    • Body Mechanics in Mammography Positioning
    • Champion Mammographer
  • Objectives:
    Upon completion of this program the participant will be able to:

    • Compare and contrast film screen image capture to digital image capture.
    • Explain the difference between flat panel direct and flat panel indirect detectors.
    • Explain how a CCD detector is used in recording digital images.
    • Distinguish between an amorphous selenium and amorphous silicon detector.
    • List the three primary "virtues" of film screen capture.
  • Whether it is film screen mammography or digital mammography, mammography is one of the most demanding examinations in medical imaging requiring fine detail, high contrast, low patient motion, low noise images, and appropriate viewing conditions. Image quality is extremely important in digital mammography and it is essential to assure that the entire mammographic imaging system is functioning optimally. This includes the mammographic x-ray system, the digital image acquisition system, the mammography archival and communications system, the viewing area, and digital displays.

    This enduring material will take you on a journey into the world of digital mammography quality control procedures. Explore why we do the QC testing and what the QC numbers mean.  You will understand digital mammography QC as it relates to different detector technologies.

    Course Topics:

    • Phantom Image Quality Control
    • MTF Measurement
    • System Resolution
    • SNR Check
    • CNR Test
    • Display Device Calibration Check
    • Flat Field
    • Repeat Analysis/Visual/Compression
      • Printer
      • Comparison of QC Tests on Various Detector Technologies
  • **The format for this CE activity is a textbook and post test with multiple choice questions shipped directly from Advanced Health Education Center.  

    Digital mammography has many advantages over film-screen mammography, including faster acquisition, easier storage, and easier retrieval of images. Written by expert radiologists and physicists, this text compares digital mammography with conventional film-screen mammography, reviews clinical cases, and explores new modalities. Check out this new mammography home study packed full of relevant information to meet your continuing education needs!

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

  • **The CE home study is a video (MP4) of a presentation. A link will be emailed to you for you to access the video and posttests. See computer requirements below.

    **This home study meets all 4 hours in Digital Radiography required by the regulations in the State of California.

    This course was originally designed to meet the Digital Radiography portion of the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch 2013 CE licensure renewal rules for Certified Radiologic Technologists (CRTs). The new rules state that four of the 24 required hours obtained must be about digital radiography within the two years immediately preceding the expiration of your permit. However, all Radiologic Technologists will earn 4 hours of Category A credits at the completion of this home study.

  • **The CE home study is a video (MP4) of a presentation. A link will be emailed to you for you to access the video and posttests. See computer requirements below.

    This course was originally designed to meet the Digital Radiography portion of the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch 2013 CE licensure renewal rules for Certified Radiologic Technologists (CRTs). The new rules state that four of the 24 required hours obtained must be about digital radiography within the two years immediately preceding the expiration of your permit. However, all Radiologic Technologists will earn 4 hours of Category A credits at the completion of this home study.

    **This "Part 1" meets 2 of the 4 hours required by the new regulations in the State of California.

  • **The CE home study is a video (MP4) of a presentation. A link will be emailed to you for you to access the video and posttests. See computer requirements below.

    This course was originally designed to meet the Digital Radiography portion of the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch 2013 CE licensure renewal rules for Certified Radiologic Technologists (CRTs). The new rules state that four of the 24 required hours obtained must be about digital radiography within the two years immediately preceding the expiration of your permit. However, all Radiologic Technologists will earn 4 hours of Category A credits at the completion of this home study.

    **This "Part 2" meets 2 of the 4 hours required by the new regulations in the State of California.

  • Discover current theory about the origin of HIV/AIDS, and treatment in this informational piece about one of the world’s leading healthcare epidemics. Detect the risk of occupational exposure, and learn of the virus’ disease process and pathology in this educational slideshow presentation. “Discovering HIV” sheds light on advances in HIV testing including at home rapid response exams and much more! Don’t miss an opportunity to gain insight and CE in taking a glimpse at “Discovering HIV”.

  • Discover current theory about the origin of HIV/AIDS, and treatment in this informational piece about one of the world’s leading healthcare epidemics. Detect the risk of occupational exposure, and learn of the virus’ disease process and pathology in this educational slideshow presentation. “Discovering HIV” sheds light on advances in HIV testing including at home rapid response exams and much more! Don’t miss an opportunity to gain insight and CE in taking a glimpse at “Discovering HIV”.

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    The drug smuggling predicament has intensified over the past several years, with federal officers working full time along the southern US border. It is believed that the drug smuggling business in Mexico is worth upwards of $50 billion per year! Oftentimes drug smuggling rings use body packers, or mules, to transport drugs across borders. This practice is not only incredibly harmful to the body packer, but life threatening. This home study will take a closer look at exactly how individuals literally pack their bodies with illicit drugs and what complications can occur. Become informed about how radiologic diagnoses play a role in identifying body packers, and the possible treatments in this intriguing new home study!

    Course Topics

    • Pellets, Packing, and Risks
    • Screenings
    • Case Studies

    Author: Marilyn, Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT and Oscar Reyes, RT(R)

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    Adobe Flash Player [If you don't currently have Adobe Flash Player or if you are using an older version then click HERE]

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • ECG’s Made Easy

    You can learn to evaluate the rhythms of the cardiac cycle

    Radiographers have found an increasing need to understand and evaluate the fundamentals of electrocardiography and rhythm recognition. This study begins with the basic anatomy of the heart, principles of electrical conduction, and associated cardiac terms. Recognition of waveform components and the appearance of a normal sinus rhythm will form the basis for continued study of atypical and pacemaker rhythms, as well as various degrees of atrioventricular blocks.

    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Basic Electrophysiology
    • Sinus Mechanisms
    • Artrial Rhythms
    • Junctional Rhythms
    • Ventricular Rhythms
    • Atrioventricular (AV) Blocks
    • Pacemaker Rhythms
    • Introduction to the 12-Lead ECG
  • In an emergency situation, a radiologic technologist is one of the most important healthcare professionals in the room. A radiographic images can tip the scale toward diagnosis and treatment. Be prepared to deal with the crucial, need-to-know information when the time comes to step up to the plate. This homestudy is blends the trauma imaging techniques every technologist should know and the patient care aspects that are just as important as the images in an emergency situation.

  • This course is designed for the Emergency Physician ordering trauma imaging and the radiographer adapting imaging for trauma situations. You will learn where to find appropriateness criteria accepted by CMS, and gain a better understanding of the legislative, credentialing and licensing regulations established to protect the patient.  Basic Radiation Safety responsibilities including the Image Gently and Image Wisely campaign are discussed as it should be at the forefront of decision making concerning risk vs. benefit of utilization of ionizing radiation technologies. You'll appreciate the value of current statistics concerning overuse of procedures involving ionizing radiation.

    Course Topics:

    • Professional Liability
    • Legislation and Licensess
    • Radiation Risks
    • Unnecessary Testing
    • Trauma Levels
    • Technical Challenges
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Approriateness Criteria
    • Image Gently
    • Image Wisely
    • Ionizing Radiation
    • The New ABC's
    • Credentials
  • Imaging Professionals

    Examine your personal and professional ethics and learn problem solving

    Ethical dilemmas are used to illustrate practical problem solving techniques that are relevant in today’s workplace. Basic concepts of law are reviewed and reinforced with real life examples. Increased knowledge and understanding about your personal legal liabilities is required in the current litigious society.

    • An Introduction to Ethics
    • Developing Personal Ethics
    • Professional Ethics: Examining the Professional Codes
    • Ethical Problem-Solving Techniques
    • Patient Consent
    • The Chemically Dependent Colleague
    • Special Populations
    • Charting and Documentation
    • Basic Concepts of Medical Law
    • Medical Legal Issues for the Practice of Medical Imaging
    • Administrative Ethics
  • Objectives

    At the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

    • Define Assault and False Imprisonment.*

    • Describe the meaning of respondent superior

    • Discuss the most common errors in medical imaging

    • Define stochastic and deterministic effects*

    • Describe the operators role in dose administration

    • Discuss determinates of radiation dose

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.**

    AHEC’s new “Initial Training in Mammography” video course is the ideal way to jump start your way to becoming a MQSA qualified mammographer. “Film Screen Modality Initial Training” meets the MQSA requirements for the modality specific training in film screen. You will receive a comprehensive overview of the in's and out's of film screen mammography.

    This 8 hour video course begins with “Film Screen Quality Control” which provides a thorough review of the eleven film screen quality control procedures mandated by MQSA. With mammography image quality dependent on optimization of the entire imaging chain, this portion of the course is important to discuss. “Analog Technical Factors” will make you knowledgeable of how the technical factors affect image quality and how to make adjustments to optimize the image. Finally, “Analog Artifacts” will give you the opportunity to guess what the artifacts are and see visual examples of equipment, processor and patient introduced artifacts in the film screen environment.

    For more information on the “Initial Training in Mammography Video Course”, please click here.

    For information on the “Position with the Experts” portion of the initial training, please click here.

    Authors:

    Susan Sprinkle-Vincent, AAS, RT(R)(M)

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy.  AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    **Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

    ** Study Guides MUST be used with lectures. **

  • Fluoroscopic Radiation Safety Awareness Training (Online C)

    Click Here to View Demo

    This learning activity is a five part PowerPoint video presentation expertly narrated by Louis K. Wagner, Ph.D. DABR, FAAPM, FACR  There is a posttest at the end of each activity that should be completed before moving on to the next section. All five posttests must be completed with a passing grade of 75% to print your CME certificate. If you have slow internet service, you may find it more convenient to download the video for viewing on your computer.  **See computer equipment specifications below.

    This version is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals performing fluoroscopically guided procedures in the cardiac and interventional suite. Are you ready to meet the new fluoroscopy requirements of 25 TAC 289.227 Use of Radiation Machines in the Healing Arts that went into effect May 1, 2013?  Our Radiation Safety Awareness Training course is designed to make it easy for you to meet the requirements and get the training for you and/or your staff. This course is composed of eight hours of comprehensive training specific to the new requirements for individuals operating fluoroscopy equipment. The training is available on the AHEC’s website in five new narrated video presentations that total 8 hours CME. Physicians and other healthcare providers completing all five parts of the course will receive a certificate of completion for 8 hours Category 1™ AMA PRA credit. This course is designed to enhance your understanding of radiation as a valuable tool that must be managed well to protect patients and staff in today’s use of medical fluoroscopic equipment. You will learn the principles of radiation protection and the biological effects of x-ray radiation. You will improve your understanding of operation and principles of the fluoroscopic system to include exposure (air kerma) outputs, high level control options, dose reduction techniques and procedures for recording pertinent data.

    Course Topics:

                  Part 1 – What are X-Rays?

                  Part 2 – Radiation Quantities

                  Part 3 – Radiation Effects and Safety

                  Part 4 – Dose Delivery

                  Part 5 – Patient Management

    **To order 11 or more units, please call 1-800-239-1361 for more details.

    Faculty:

    Louis K. Wagner, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FACR

    Professor of Radiology, University of Texas Medical School

    Chief Physicist, Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging Houston, Texas

    Dr. Wagner received is B.S. degree in Physics from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1971. In 1976 he completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. He performed his postgraduate training at Memorial-Sloan Kettering National Cancer Center in New York.  He is presently a Tenured Professor of Radiological Sciences at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Houston. He is board certified in diagnostic radiological physics by the American Board of Radiology. He was honored as a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in1995 and as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology in1996. 

    Benjamin R. Archer, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FACMP

    Professor of Radiological Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

    Dr. Archer is a Professor of Radiologic Sciences at BaylorCollege of Medicine. For more than thirty years, he has also served as the Diagnostic X-Ray Radiation Safety Officer for Harris County

    Hospital District/BCM sites. He is a well-known lecturer and has authored a number of papers on credentialing of fluoroscope users. Since 2005, his programs have credentialed more that 1000 physicians and residents in radiation management at HCHD. Additionally, his publication with Dr Wagner has been used by more than 5000 physicians and radiographers in the US to help prevent radiation injuries to their patients.

    The Advanced Health Education Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Advanced Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 hours AMA PRA Category 1™.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    **Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    Adobe Flash Player [If you don't currently have Adobe Flash Player or if you are using an older version then click HERE]

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

    ** The SDMS CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PARTICIPANT ROSTER FORM MUST BE COMPLETED and SUBMITTED along with test to recieve certificate **

  • Radiation Safety Awareness Training for Fluoroscopically Guided Procedures

    Click Here to View Demo

    This learning activity is a five part PowerPoint video presentation expertly narrated by Louis K. Wagner, Ph.D. DABR, FAAPM, FACR  There is a posttest at the end of each activity that should be completed before moving on to the next section. All five posttests must be completed with a passing grade of 75% to print your CME certificate. If you have slow internet service, you may find it more convenient to download the video for viewing on your computer.  **See computer equipment specifications below.

    This version is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals performing mobile C-arm and G.I. procedures. Are you ready to meet the new fluoroscopy requirements of 25 TAC 289.227 Use of Radiation Machines in the Healing Arts that went into effect May 1, 2013?  Our Radiation Safety Awareness Training course is designed to make it easy for you to meet the requirements and get the training for you and/or your staff. This course is composed of eight hours of comprehensive training specific to the new requirements for individuals operating fluoroscopy equipment. The training is available on the AHEC’s website in five new narrated video presentations that total 8 hours CME. Physicians and other healthcare providers completing all five parts of the course will receive a certificate of completion for 8 hours Category 1™ AMA PRA credit. This course is designed to enhance your understanding of radiation as a valuable tool that must be managed well to protect patients and staff in today’s use of medical fluoroscopic equipment. You will learn the principles of radiation protection and the biological effects of x-ray radiation. You will improve your understanding of operation and principles of the fluoroscopic system to include exposure (air kerma) outputs, high level control options, dose reduction techniques and procedures for recording pertinent data.

    Course Topics:

                  Part 1 – Radiation Effects - Lessons from Early History

                  Part 2 – Radiation Effects - Lessons from Recent Past

                  Part 3 – Understanding X-rays

                  Part 4 – Radiation Quantities

                  Part 5 – Mobile and G.I. Fluoroscopes

    **To order 11 or more units, please call 1-800-239-1361 for more details.

    Faculty:

    Louis K. Wagner, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FACR

    Professor of Radiology, University of Texas Medical School

    Chief Physicist, Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging Houston, Texas

    Dr. Wagner received is B.S. degree in Physics from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1971. In 1976 he completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. He performed his postgraduate training at Memorial-Sloan Kettering National Cancer Center in New York.  He is presently a Tenured Professor of Radiological Sciences at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Houston. He is board certified in diagnostic radiological physics by the American Board of Radiology. He was honored as a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in1995 and as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology in1996. 

    Benjamin R. Archer, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FACMP

    Professor of Radiological Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

    Dr. Archer is a Professor of Radiologic Sciences at BaylorCollege of Medicine. For more than thirty years, he has also served as the Diagnostic X-Ray Radiation Safety Officer for Harris County

    Hospital District/BCM sites. He is a well-known lecturer and has authored a number of papers on credentialing of fluoroscope users. Since 2005, his programs have credentialed more that 1000 physicians and residents in radiation management at HCHD. Additionally, his publication with Dr Wagner has been used by more than 5000 physicians and radiographers in the US to help prevent radiation injuries to their patients.

    The Advanced Health Education Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Advanced Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 hours AMA PRA Category 1™.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    **Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    Adobe Flash Player [If you don't currently have Adobe Flash Player or if you are using an older version then click HERE]

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

    ** The SDMS CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PARTICIPANT ROSTER FORM MUST BE COMPLETED and SUBMITTED along with test to recieve certificate **

  • Fluoroscopic Radiation Safety Awareness Training (Online N)

    Click Here to View Demo

    This learning activity is a five part PowerPoint video presentation expertly narrated by Louis K. Wagner, Ph.D. DABR, FAAPM, FACR  There is a posttest at the end of each activity that should be completed before moving on to the next section. All five posttests must be completed with a passing grade of 75% to print your CME certificate. If you have slow internet service, you may find it more convenient to download the video for viewing on your computer.  **See computer equipment specifications below.

    This version is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals performing mobile C-arm and G.I. procedures. Are you ready to meet the new fluoroscopy requirements of 25 TAC 289.227 Use of Radiation Machines in the Healing Arts that went into effect May 1, 2013?  Our Radiation Safety Awareness Training course is designed to make it easy for you to meet the requirements and get the training for you and/or your staff. This course is composed of eight hours of comprehensive training specific to the new requirements for individuals operating fluoroscopy equipment. The training is available on the AHEC’s website in five new narrated video presentations that total 8 hours CME. Physicians and other healthcare providers completing all five parts of the course will receive a certificate of completion for 8 hours Category 1™ AMA PRA credit. This course is designed to enhance your understanding of radiation as a valuable tool that must be managed well to protect patients and staff in today’s use of medical fluoroscopic equipment. You will learn the principles of radiation protection and the biological effects of x-ray radiation. You will improve your understanding of operation and principles of the fluoroscopic system to include exposure (air kerma) outputs, high level control options, dose reduction techniques and procedures for recording pertinent data.

    Course Topics:

                  Part 1 – Radiation Effects - Lessons from Early History

                  Part 2 – Radiation Effects - Lessons from Recent Past

                  Part 3 – Understanding X-rays

                  Part 4 – Radiation Quantities

                  Part 5 – Mobile and G.I. Fluoroscopes

    **To order 11 or more units, please call 1-800-239-1361 for more details.

    Faculty:

    Louis K. Wagner, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FACR

    Professor of Radiology, University of Texas Medical School

    Chief Physicist, Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging Houston, Texas

    Dr. Wagner received is B.S. degree in Physics from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1971. In 1976 he completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. He performed his postgraduate training at Memorial-Sloan Kettering National Cancer Center in New York.  He is presently a Tenured Professor of Radiological Sciences at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Houston. He is board certified in diagnostic radiological physics by the American Board of Radiology. He was honored as a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in1995 and as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology in1996. 

    Benjamin R. Archer, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FACMP

    Professor of Radiological Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

    Dr. Archer is a Professor of Radiologic Sciences at BaylorCollege of Medicine. For more than thirty years, he has also served as the Diagnostic X-Ray Radiation Safety Officer for Harris County

    Hospital District/BCM sites. He is a well-known lecturer and has authored a number of papers on credentialing of fluoroscope users. Since 2005, his programs have credentialed more that 1000 physicians and residents in radiation management at HCHD. Additionally, his publication with Dr Wagner has been used by more than 5000 physicians and radiographers in the US to help prevent radiation injuries to their patients.

    The Advanced Health Education Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Advanced Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 hours AMA PRA Category 1™.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    **Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    Adobe Flash Player [If you don't currently have Adobe Flash Player or if you are using an older version then click HERE]

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

    ** The SDMS CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PARTICIPANT ROSTER FORM MUST BE COMPLETED and SUBMITTED along with test to recieve certificate **

  • This course was designed to meet the Fluoroscopic Radiation Safety portion of the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch 2013 CE licensure renewal rules for Certified Radiologic Technologists (CRTs), Physicians and Physician Assistance. The new rules state that four of the 24 required hours obtained must be about fluoroscopic radiation safety within the two years immediately preceding the expiration of your permit. Physicians and PA's will earn 4 hours of Category 1 credit.

  • Course Topics

    • Radiation Effects: Early History
      • Biologic Effects of X-ray Radiation
      • Dose Reduction Techniques
    • Radiation Effects of the Recent Past
      • Principles of Radiation Protection
      • Biological Effects of X-ray Radiation
      • Dose Reduction Techniques
      • Procedures for Recording Pertinent Data on Patient Dose
    • Understanding X-Rays
      • Principles of Radiation Protection
      • Biological Effects of X-ray Radiation
      • Principles of Fluoroscopic Systems
      • Operation of Fluoroscopic Systems used for Interventional Purposes
      • Dose Reduction Strategies
    • Radiation Quantities
      • Biologic Effects of X-ray Radiation
      • Principles of Fluoroscopic Systems
      • Operation of Fluoroscopic Systems Used for Interventional Purposes
      • Fluoroscopic Exposure (air kerma) Outputs
      • Dose Reduction Techniques
      • Procedures for Recording Pertinent Data
    • Fluoroscope Equipment Radiation Management
      • Limiting Radiation Exposure
      • Patient Size Affects on Radiation Delivery
      • Monitoring Radiation Exposure for Patient Managment and QC
      • Utilizing Protective Tools
  • **The CE home study is a video (MP4) of a presentation. A link will be emailed to you for you to access the video and posttests. See computer requirements below.

    This course CAN be taken by Radiologic Technologists outside the state of California. However, this course was originally designed to meet the Fluoroscopic Radiation Safety portion of the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch 2013 CE licensure renewal rules for Certified Radiologic Technologists (CRTs). The new rules state that four of the 24 required hours obtained must be about fluoroscopic radiation safety within the two years immediately preceding the expiration of your permit for CRT’s and PA’s with a fluoroscopic permit.

    **Part 1 – Meets 2 of 4 hours of the required CEs for the State of California.

  • **The CE home study is a video (MP4) of a presentation. A link will be emailed to you for you to access the video and posttests. See computer requirements below.

    This course CAN be taken by Radiologic Technologists outside the state of California. However, this course was originally designed to meet the Fluoroscopic Radiation Safety portion of the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch 2013 CE licensure renewal rules for Certified Radiologic Technologists (CRTs). The new rules state that four of the 24 required hours obtained must be about fluoroscopic radiation safety within the two years immediately preceding the expiration of your permit for CRT’s and PA’s with a fluoroscopic permit.

    **Part 2 – Meets 2 of 4 hours of the required CEs for the State of California.

  • This course is composed of six hours of comprehensive training specific to the new requirements for individuals operating fluoroscopy equipment. The training is in five narrated video presentations. This course is designed to enhance your understanding of radiation as a valuable tool that must be managed well to protect patients and staff in today’s use of medical fluoroscopic equipment. You will learn the principles of radiation protection and the biological effects of x-ray radiation. You will improve your understanding of operation and principles of the fluoroscopic system to include exposure (air kerma) outputs, high level control options, dose reduction techniques, and procedures for recording pertinent data.

  • Screen-film image receptors have been the standard detector used in conventional mammography. Developments in detector technology and computers have altered the landscape of mammography.

    Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) and advanced applications make it possible through digital imaging to incorporate automated computer-aided diagnosis, dual energy and 3D tomosynthesis have further improved diagnostic sensitivity and specificity. This material includes the theory or digital imaging specifically to mammography. The last modality to go digital! You will gain valuable knowledge and understand this amazing technology we use to save lives every day! 

    Course Topics

    • Indirect Conversion Detectors
    • Direct Conversion Digital Detectors
    • Field of View
    • Detector Performance
    • Applications
    • Digital Mammography Detectors
    • Digital Detector Technology
    • Pixel Design for Digital Detectors
    • Pixel Size Requirements
    • Characterizing Detector Performance
    • Dynamic Range
    • X-ray Quantum Detection Efficiency
    • Modulation Transfer Function (MTF)
    • Detective Quantum Efficiency (DQE)
    • Automatic Exposure Controls
    • Breast Compression
    • Output Devices
    • Digital Receptor Dynamic Range
    • Digital Image Processing
  • This educational activity presents topics pertaining to the performance of mammographic procedures.  A thorough understanding of the definitions used to differentiate screening vs. diagnostic mammography will be discussed, and the correlation to the performance of the clinical procedure.   The topics include a review of current statistical data associated with breast cancer risk factors, and how that information is incorporated into a complete clinical patient history.   Patient sensitivity is presented to help the learner understand the patient’s emotional and physical needs throughout the breast imaging process.

    This home study comes on a DVD.

  • Course Topics

    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Classification of Magnets
    • What Are We Imaging in MR?
    • MR Scan Procedures
    • Digital Images
    • The Image Matrix
    • Image Production
    • The Relaxation Process
  • Course Topics

    • Generational Diversity in the Workplace
    • Demographic Imperative
    • The Elderly: A Profile
    • Aging
    • Health and Healthcare
    • Common vs. Normal
    • Normal Changes with Aging
    • Disease Processes
    • Chronic Conditions and Geriatric Considerations
    • Geriatric Trauma
    • Mechanism of Injury: Motor Vehicle Crash, Physical Falls, Homicide
    • Geriatrics Abuse and Neglect
    • Trauma Injuries
    • Geriatrics and the Radiographer
    • Geriatric Radiographic Positioning
    • Alterations for Radiographic Procedures
    • Radiographic Enhancement Methods
    • Patient Care of the Elderly

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    Adobe Flash Player [If you don't currently have Adobe Flash Player or if you are using an older version then click HERE]

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Course Topics

    • Concussion Statistics
    • "The League of Denial"
  • Information that reflects years of imaging experience and knowledge

    This compendium of information is presented by a host of well known experts from the United States and Great Britain. The textbook can best be described as the best methodology based upon the sum of knowledge available. Every MR specialist, both novice and experienced will find text a wealth of information.

    Textbook Authors Catherine Westbrook, MSc, DCR, CTC, Bill Faulkner, BS, RT(R)(CT)(MR), Carolyn Kraut, RT(R)(MR), Greg Brown, Dip Rad Sci, Dip Bus, Michael Kean, Dip App Sci, Grad Dip Edu

    • Parameters and Tradeoffs
    • Head and Neck
    • Spine
    • Chest
    • Abdomen
    • Pelvis
    • Upper Limb
    • Lower Limb
    • Pediatric Imaging
    • Problem Solving Exercises
  • Get your questions about AIDS answered in this course.

    Complete, factual and current information is available in this course. The course topics answer many questions.

    • Define HIV
    • Define AIDS
    • List the major means of transmission for HIV
    • List the stages of progression from HIV to AIDS
    • Discuss how AIDS can be prevented
    • Explain the medical treatment for people with HIV/AIDS
    • List the major test for HIV and how they differ
  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Recent data tells us that HIV/AIDS associated illnesses have caused the deaths of approximately 3 million people worldwide, including an estimated 500,000 children younger than 15 years of age. What is your risk as a healthcare worker taking care of patients? Learn about the disease process, treatments, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on healthcare workers.

    Author:

    Mark Struthers, BSRT,RT(R)(MR),CMRT,CIIP

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy.  AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Course Topics

    • Key Terms for MRI
    • What Are We Imaging in MRI?
    • Image Contrast
    • Receiver Bandwidth
    • Scan Time
    • Inversion Time
    • Slice Thickness
    • Pathology

  • Women have breast augmentation for many reasons.  Some feel their breasts are small, that as a result of gravity or childbearing their breasts have lost volume or firmness. When a woman has reached her full maturity development and feels that a breast augmentation will bring her better satisfaction of herself.  The presence of implants makes imaging the breasts more challenging and, therefore, correctly positioning the breast for mammography is vital. The degree to which implants do obscure breast tissue depends on their position, density, and level of encapsulation.  This material will discuss imaging the augmented breast, complications of augmentation, compression do’s and don’ts and how to best visualize the breast tissue of these patients.  Imaging the reconstructed breast imaging tips will be also be addressed.  You will enjoy this material and gain valuable knowledge regarding this area of breast imaging.

    Course Topics:

    • Techniques for Breast Augmentation
    • Mammographic Imaging of the Augmented Breast
    • Risks and Complications of Breast Augmentation
    • Mammographic and Sonographic Findings of Implant Rupture
    • Mammography Guidelines for Women with Breast Implants
    • Mammography Guidelines for Following Breast Reduction Surgery
    • Breast Biopsy for Women with Implants
    • Mammography after Lumpectomy
    • Mammography After Subcutaneous Mastectomy
    • Mammography After Simple (Total), Modified Radical, or Radical Mastectomy
    • Breast Implant Adverse Events During Mammography
    • Compression Do’s and Don’ts
    • Technical Factor Applications
  • Introduction

    Learning resources that become your personal consultants! If you had a team of specialists at your disposal...each one an expert in some aspect of your job...wouldn't it make things easier? The good news is it can actually happen!

    This multi-media presentation, based on our popular audiocassette program, is a "portable classroom." It turns lost time into valuable learning time. Each expert becomes your personal cyber professor.

    Growth through learning is critical to your advancement. This series of programs is designed for radiologic technologists who are serious about being the best they can be.

  • Introduction

    The acute-care health facility provides all of the needed elements for infection spread - patients with an established illness, health-care personnel who may or may not follow infection control policies, equipment, food, water and microorganisms. Microorganisms include those brought into the health facility by the patient, as well as organisms that are already in existence at the health facility. As health care has changed its mode of operation in recent years, so has the patient population been altered. More individuals are scheduled for procedures as an outpatient. There are fewer in-patient admissions, but the hospitalized patient appears to be older. An increased number of surgical procedures are being performed, such as heart valve replacement, cardiac bypass grafting and orthopedic joint replacement. Immunosuppressive treatment for a condition such as transplant is more widely available.

  • *The format for this CE activity is reading material and a post test with multiple choice questions.

    We take our hearing, eyesight and cognizance for granted. But impairment in any of these areas significantly reduces our ability to function. It is extremely frustrating for individuals who must cope with impairment on a daily basis. If you take your hearing and eyesight for granted, LISTEN UP! Learn about the fundamentals of sensory disorders and discover ways to enhance patient experience through this informational home study. Don’t miss an opportunity to understand disabilities and LISTEN UP!

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, M.Ed, RT(R), FASRT

    Jera Roberts, RT(R)(M)

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy.  AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

  • Objectives:
    1.       Understand the components of mammography accreditation as it relates to image quality
    2.       Review the ACR Clinical image parameters
    3.       Communicate clinical expectations to the mammography technologist

  • Focus on general information, technical considerations, the mammogram and special procedures.

    This course is written by and for mammographers, and addresses the mammographers need for concise information about their daily mammography practice. It is very straightforward and expands knowledge on equipment configuration, positioning, and the role of the mammographer in this valuable procedure.

    • History of Mammography
    • Background Information and Need for Screening
    • Patient Considerations
    • The Radiologic Technologist
    • Mammography Machines, Processors, and Films
    • Darkroom and Processing Considerations in Mammography
    • Quality Assurance in Mammography
    • Breast Anatomy & Physiology
    • Mammographic Pathology
    • Mammographic Positioning
    • The Nonconforming Patient
    • Thinking in Three Dimensions
    • Practical Applications in Problem Solving
    • Diagnostic Procedures
    • Minimally Invasive Needle Breast Biopsy
    • Alternative Methods and Techniques
    • Digital Mammography
  • Objectives

    • Recognize the appearance of equipment introduced artifacts.
    • Recognize the appearance of processor introduced artifacts.
    • Recognize the appearance of patient introduced artifacts.
    • Determine if the artifact is coming from the processor or the mammography unit.
    • Learn about processor pick-off and how to determine if it is pickoff or dust in the cassette.
    • Troubleshoot film screen artifacts.
    • Understand why equipment related artifacts happen.
    • Understand why processor related artifacts happen.
    • Understand why patient related artifacts happen and how to avoid them.
  • Technologies for The Early Detection of Breast Cancer

    Learn about current breast imaging technology and practice

    Many questions are answered in this fascinating text prepared by the Institute of Medicine National Research Council. Filled with information and resource materials, you will learn what’s new in the fight against breast cancer and what new modalities are being developed for imaging and treatment. This course is a must for those who want to know about breast imaging and related techniques, technologies in development, genetics and tumor markers, regulation and cost coverage of the new technologies.

    • Executive Summary
    • Introduction
    • Breast Imaging and Related Technologies
    • Technologies in Development: Genetics and Tumor Markers
    • Development and Regulation of New Technologies
    • Evaluation and Cost Coverage of New Technologies
    • Dissemination: Increasing the Use and Availability of New Technologies
    • Findings and Recommendations
    • Glossary
    • References
    • Appendix: Workshop speakers and other contributors
    • Index
  • AHEC is proud to announce that you can now receive your entire “Mammography Initial Training” through our video course. From the comfort of your home you have the ability to meet MQSA initial training requirements to become a qualified mammographer through a series of online videos accompanied by study guides and online testing. You will receive a comprehensive mammography training course you can complete at your pace. Finish your training experience by acquiring the 25 hands-on supervised examinations at your facility with a qualified mammographer, or by registration in AHEC’s "Position with the Experts" course. Participants in the "Position with the Experts" course complete their 25 mammography procedures at one of our affiliate clinical sites in Houston, Texas. **For more information on "Position with the Experts", please click here**

    Our “Mammography Initial Training” video course follows the specific guidelines enforced by MQSA. Initial training programs in mammography are required to include instruction on the “Core Competencies”, which include: anatomy, physiology, positioning, compression, quality control, and imaging of patients with breast implants. MQSA also requires at least eight hours of training in the modality of your choice, either: digital or film screen. AHEC’s “Mammography Initial Training” video course includes an eight hour section on “Digital Modality Specific Training”. **If you require “Film Screen Modality Initial Training” an eight hour course may be separately purchased here. **

    The video portion of the course will total 28 hours. The 25 required mammograms under the supervision of a qualified mammographer will not count for credit hours. Completion of the video portion is required prior to beginning the 25 supervised scans.

    Options to Complete the 25 Supervised Mammograms:

    1.       Registering for this course only suggests to AHEC that you will be completing the 25 exams at your facility. AHEC does not coordinate the setup of a clinical site at your own facility.

    2.       If you require AHEC to setup your clinical site, you are required to register for the “Position with the Experts” course as well as the “Initial Training in Mammography” video course. **For more information on Position with the Experts, please click here**

    Application Process

    Be sure to have turned in the following information to AHEC prior to beginning the "Mammography Initial Training" course:

    1. A copy of your ARRT card that indicates your compliance with CE requirements and the expiration date of your certification (if residing in US, must be current).
    2. A copy of your current state license, (if applicable). This is required for all states with licensure for radiologic technologists.  
    3. Course registration form and fee, if not already paid.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

    ** Please Note: Some lectures have Study Guides which must be used along with lectures. **

  • The understanding of breast anatomy, physiology and pathology is imperative to being a successful mammographer.  The ability to recognize pathology on the mammogram will enhance perfection.  This course will discuss the mammographic appearance of benign and malignant lesions.  Classifying calcifications for diagnosis is critical and the mammography technologist must have the ability to recognize what may be the only sign of breast cancer on the mammogram.  Staging and treatment will round out this comprehensive look at pathology for the mammographer. 

    Course Topics:

    • Benign vs malignant masses
    • Classifying calcifications
    • In-situ vs invasive breast cancer
    • Ductal vs lobular carcinoma
    • Invasive breast cancers
    • Primary and secondary signs of breast cancer
    • Breast cancer in young women
    • Breast cancer statistics
    • Breast cancer treatment
    • Breast cancer staging
    • BRCA1 and BRCA2
    • Breast cancer prognosis
  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.**

    This new and unique mammography positioning course will help you succeed in your goal to provide mammograms that meet proper positioning guidelines. This course was developed for you by one of the most experienced and sought after mammography educators in the world. She will walk you through positioning techniques using live models and actual videos and images demonstrating proper positioning guidelines for routine and supplemental views. You’ll learn to identify challenging positioning errors, and improve your image critique skills. Best of all, you learn from the comfort of your home at your convenience.      

    Each module is a narrated video demonstrating mammography positions accompanied by PowerPoint presentation’s and image critique. The focus of the learning modules is to demonstrate and reinforce the “3Cs” of careful, correct and consistent positioning techniques that are the key to producing quality images.

    Proper positioning is critical for breast cancer detection, and technologists must follow proper standards in order to achieve optimal imaging. The “Mammography Positioning Module” consists of six videos beginning with the “Routine Views”. In this section, you will review Craniocaudal (CC) View and Mediolateral Oblique (MLO) View. Following the “Routine Views”, you will learn “Supplemental Views”, in two parts. “Supplemental View Part 1” encompasses some of the views that you, the technologist, must be able to perform to demonstrate an abnormality. “Supplemental View Part 2” covers several other supplemental views including: the cleavage view (CV), axillary tail (AT), and the male patient. The module is rounded out with a recorded image critique session. Front line mammographers critique clinical cases, and show how using breast anatomy and landmarks can make it simple and easy to make sure you do not forget any key areas in your review. Each step of the Mammography Positioning Module will benefit you towards improving your positioning skills and understanding their value in breast cancer detection.

    Course Topics:

    • Compression
    • Steps for Optimal Positioning
    • Recognizing and Correcting Positioning Deficiencies
    • Using Proper Hand Maneuvers
    • Anatomy Required on the CC and MLO Views
    • Positioning Challenges
    • Supplemental Views
    • Magnification
    • Non-Conforming Patient
    • Imaging the Male Patient
  • This course covers the “Special Procedures” performed in the mammography suite.  The why and how is explained with examples to enhance the information.  This course will prepare the mammography technologist for on the job hands on training with a thorough explanation of each procedure.  These procedures covered are the ones we preform to make a diagnosis following the imaging findings. The technologist plays a critical role in patient care in these procedures, where the patient is anxious and concerned with the results they may be facing as a result of the procedure.   

    Course Topics:

    • Galactography
    • Pneumocystogram
    • Pre-Operative Needle Localization
    • Stereotactic Core Biopsy
  • Film screen mammography has proven to reduce the mortality of breast cancer and has been used for decades to screen women for breast cancer.  Unlike digital mammography film screen mammography has very narrow latitude which makes it important to fully understand the technical factor applications for this modality.  Density and contrast can be affected by many factors within this imaging chain.  Film screen mammography image quality is dependent upon optimization of the entire imaging chain.  The technologist must be knowledgeable of how the technical factors affect image quality and how to make adjustments to optimize the image. This course provides a thorough review of the technical applications of film screen mammography and how to optimize each of them.

    This home study comes on a DVD.

  • Mammography image quality is dependent upon optimization of the entire imaging chain.  The quality control procedures for film screen mammography are critical to the mammography image and ultimately the diagnosis of the image.  This course provides a thorough review of the eleven film screen quality control procedures mandated by MQSA.  The required frequencies,  operating limits and image quality will be discussed in this course.

    Course Topics:

    • Darkroom Cleanliness
    • Screen Cleaning
    • View Box cleaning
    • Visual Checklist
    • Repeat Analysis
    • Fixer Retention
    • Darkroom Fog
    • Screen film contact
    • Compression
    • Processor Sensitometry
    • Phantom Image

    This home study comes on a DVD.

  • Introduction

    Radiologic Technologists encounter patients with a wide variety of medical conditions, as well as severity ranging from mild to critical, on a daily basis. A technologist working with an Emergency Room patient involved in an extensive motor-vehicle accident (MVA) understands the potential for the development of shock. However, many situations involving a medical emergency occur in far less serious patients. Hives may result from the injection of contrast media. An out-patient with a history of diabetes mellitus may develop insulin shock related to fasting for the imaging procedure. A Radiologic Technologist with a solid understanding of the many medical emergencies that may occur during the care of patients is prepared to provide a quick, accurate response. The response to an acute, life-threatening situation does affect the patientís outcome.

  • **This webinar is for 1 AMA PRA Category 1™. NO Category A credit is available for RTs at this time.**

    You will appreciate this one hour webinar designed to give you a clearer understanding of how your organization may comply with the new Texas requirements for establishing a Radiation Protocol Committee (RPC) and meeting the fluoroscopy requirements.  Louis K. Wagner, Ph.D. will walk you through the most asked questions and answers for setting up your program in the simplest way possible.  Even if you already have begun the process or established your plan, you will benefit from the experience and understanding from this highly experienced Medical Physicist. 

    At the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

    • Understand that need for a Radiation Protocol (RPC) according to the rule
    • Identify the required members of the RPC
    • Discuss the intent of rule to protect patients and staff during the use of fluoroscopic equipment
    • Identify the date the RPC must be established  and the date the training must be completed.
    • Name the frequency that the RPC must meet according to the regulation
    • List the professionals who are exempt from the rule
    • Identify the number of hours of fluoroscopic radiation safety  training required by the rule for all non-exempt users

    Faculty: Louis K. Wagner, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FACR

    • Professor of Radiology
    • Chief Physicist
    • Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
    • University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX

    CME Credit

    Advanced Health Education Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council For Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Advanced Health Education Center designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video-based Home Study

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Objectives

    At the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

    • Define radiation quantities and delineate how to use them.

    • State potential biologic effects of fluoroscopic radiation.

    • Use components available on most or all fluoroscopes to apply radiation effectively and efficiently.

    • Delineate patient realted factors that influence how radiation should be managed.

    • Manage treatment of pediatric and adult patients.

    • Manage paitents and radiation output to minimize the potential for radiation-related health effects in everyone.

  • This course is designed to help MRI technologists meet the prepublication requirements set forth by Joint Commission for diagnostic MRI safety elements.  The course is useful to all technologists wishing to verify or improve their knowledge of current available safety methods for diagnostic MRI procedures.


    Course Topics:
    ·         Synopsis MR
    ·         Looking at New Technology
    ·         Patient Considerations
    ·         Safety
    ·         Contrast Pros & Cons
    ·         The Role of MRI Safety Officer

  • Objectives:

    1. Understand the basic steps to preforming an MRI exam and the equipment
    2. Discuss the newest trends in MRI and uses – PET/MRI
    3. Understand the impact on diagnostic image quality with obese patients, patients with physical restrictions and mental restrictions and MRI
    4. Identify biological and safety concerns with the static magnetic field
    5. Discuss the MRI History and Assessment Form – Pregnancy, Body Piercings, Cochlear Implants, Stents, Pacemakers, etc.
    6. Understand the MRI site and restricted access to areas
    7. Discuss the MRI machine, the magnetic field and possible hazards
    8. Discuss coil burns and how to avoid them
    9. Understand the uses of contrast in MR imaging
    10. Identify the QUENCH button and what is it’s function
    11. Understand the duties of the MRI Safety Officer
  • Course Topics

    • Fundamentals of MRI
    • MRI System Design
    • MRI Challenges and Safety
    • MRI Signal Generation
    • Image Acquistion and Tissue Characteristics for MRI
    • Building a Basic Pulse Sequence

    ARRT Structured Education Requirements

    Beginning January 1, 2016, candidates for post-primary certification and registration are required to document completion of structured education related to the content specifications.

  • Course Topics

    • Synopsis of MRI
    • MR Signal
    • Pulse Sequence Design
      • Spin Echo
      • Gradient or Field Echo
  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Course Topics

    • Different Types of Magnets
    • MR System Overview
    • Coils
    • Electronic Support for Magnets
    • Display/Console
    • Shielding
  • Join AHEC faculty Stewart Bushong, M.D. for this video of MRI Today and Tomorrow.  This recorded conference was planned for the today’s practicing MRI Technologist with topics that are relevant to the technologist’s daily practice. The cutting edge technology in MRI reflects the “new face” of skills needed by today’s MRI Technologist. The faculty will discuss the development of MRI and MRA.  Where is MRI today and where is it going?  This presentation will touch on the explosion of new technology in MRI and reinforce the fundamentals of how MRI is used in diagnosis and treatment planning!   This MRI CEU class will benefit ARRT MRI technologists and ARMRIT MRI technologists as well as Radiologic Technologists wishing to learn more about MRI.

    Course Topics

    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Where It Is and Where It Is Going
    • The Development of MRI and MRA
    • Components of an MR Imaging System
    • The Musical Score for Various MRI Pulse Sequences
    • Image Characteristics from 0.5T to 3T and Above
    • QC Program for MRI
  • The CE activity is a video of live presentation and a post test with multiple choice questions that is to be completed online. If you have a slow internet service you may find it more convenient to download the video for viewing on your computer. **See computer equipment specifications below.

    Join AHEC faculty Stewart Bushong, M.D. for this video of MRI Today and Tomorrow.  This recorded conference was planned for the today’s practicing MRI Technologist with topics that are relevant to the technologist’s daily practice. The cutting edge technology in MRI reflects the “new face” of skills needed by today’s MRI Technologist. The faculty will discuss the development of MRI and MRA.  Where is MRI today and where is it going?  This presentation will touch on the explosion of new technology in MRI and reinforce the fundamentals of how MRI is used in diagnosis and treatment planning!   This MRI CEU class will benefit ARRT MRI technologists and ARMRIT MRI technologists as well as Radiologic Technologists wishing to learn more about MRI.

    Course Topics

    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Where It Is and Where It Is Going

    • The Development of MRI and MRA

    • Components of an MR Imaging System

    • The Musical Score for Various MRI Pulse Sequences

    • Image Characteristics from 0.5T to 3T and Above

    • QC Program for MRI

    Author: 

    Stewart Bushong, M.D.

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    This online home study contains an embedded lecture module that can also be viewed in a pop-up window.**

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    Adobe Flash Player [If you don't currently have Adobe Flash Player or if you are using an older version then click HERE]

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    IBM’s Watson made history on the game show Jeopardy as it skunked it’s human competitors and opened a new venue for the addition of supercomputers to our decision making process in medicine. The intertwining of the brain and the mind are explored as we look at what makes us “tick”. The root causes of addictive behaviors, the effects of traumatic brain injuries, chemical imbalances and more contribute to the mysteries of the brain and the life of the mind. This lesson opens a new chapter for the future role of radiology. 
     
    •  The lobes of the brain and the influence they maintain on behaviors
    •  Relationships that occur when supercomputers mirror the brain’s actions
    •  Components of the addiction process and how the brain controls our actions
    •  How our imaging technology is important to the mapping of brain functions
    •  The significance of “Watson”
    •  Compare the brain and mind differences

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, M.Ed, R.T.(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    IBM’s Watson made history on the game show Jeopardy as it skunked it’s human competitors and opened a new venue for the addition of supercomputers to our decision making process in medicine. The intertwining of the brain and the mind are explored as we look at what makes us “tick”. The root causes of addictive behaviors, the effects of traumatic brain injuries, chemical imbalances and more contribute to the mysteries of the brain and the life of the mind. This lesson opens a new chapter for the future role of radiology. 
     
    •  The lobes of the brain and the influence they maintain on behaviors
    •  Relationships that occur when supercomputers mirror the brain’s actions
    •  Components of the addiction process and how the brain controls our actions
    •  How our imaging technology is important to the mapping of brain functions
    •  The significance of “Watson”
    •  Compare the brain and mind differences

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, M.Ed, R.T.(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Course objectives

    • Be able to discuss breast anatomy & physiology
    • Differentiate between congenital anomalies and pathology.
    • List types of breast cancers and define what each is.
    • Describe the mammographic appearance of breast pathology
    • Describe the development of the breast and its changes that occur through a woman's lifetime.
    • Be able to list the portions of a pathology report and describe what they contain.
    • Describe the differences between invasive and noninvasive cancer.
    • Recognize clinical presentations of the breast that are typical for certain types of breast cancers.
    • Discuss the process known as cancer.
    • Relate the impact of cancer on the U.S. population.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    Adobe Flash Player [If you don't currently have Adobe Flash Player or if you are using an older version then click HERE]

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Mammography positioning can be extremely challenging.  Proper positioning is critical for breast cancer detection.  The technologist must follow the proper standards for positioning and compression in order to achieve optimal imaging.  The routine mammogram consists of two projections each which demonstrate specific areas of the breast.  The focus of the technologist should always be to adequately image all the breast tissue and understand how to tailor the examination for difficult to position patients.  This presentation begins with the basics of positioning and compression followed by detailed instruction of positioning the craniocaudal (CC) view.  Each step in positioning the CC view is critical and there are consequences when a step is not followed through.

    Objectives:

    • Recognize optimal positioning of the CC view
    • Discuss the steps required for properly positioning the CC view
    • Understand proper hand maneuvers used when positioning the CC view
    • Describe the critical steps used when positioning the CC view
    • Properly critique the CC view
    • List the objective of the CC view
    • Understand breast anatomy visualized on the CC view
    • Describe the tissue not imaged on the CC view
    • Demonstrate proper positioning of the CC view
    • Describe the technologists role in positioning the CC view
    • List the steps for proper positioning of the CC view
    • Demonstrate how to correct suboptimal positioning of the CC view
    • List the most common positioning deficiencies of the CC view
  • Mammography positioning is very difficult and challenging.  Proper positioning is critical for breast cancer detection.  The technologist must follow the proper standards for positioning and compression in order to achieve optimal imaging.  After the images are acquired the images must be critiqued and the technologist determines if repeats are necessary.  You will learn an accurate and efficient system for image critique.  Using breast anatomy and landmarks to assist you with this critical process will make it simple and easy to make sure you do not forget any of the key areas to review.  In the fast paced day of the mammography technologists keeping up can be stressful and it is easy to pass the clinical image after a quick look but in reality it takes focus and attention to detail to be an expert at image critique.  This presentation is a live image critique session with front line mammographers critiquing clinical cases.  Join them to learn a valuable tool to put in your mammography toolbox.  Be an EXPERT at image critique and give your radiologist the best every day on every patient

    Objectives:

    • Recognize positioning deficiencies on the clinical image
    • Discuss the steps required for properly critiquing images
    • Demonstrate how to properly critique mammography images
    • Develop a method to quickly and optimally critique mammography images
    • Understand how to use breast anatomy for optimizing image critique
    • List the area to evaluate on each mammography image
    • Understand how to use landmarks in the breast to assist with image critique
    • Recognize and discuss positioning deficiencies on the CC and MLO views
    • Demonstrate knowledge of mammography image critique
    • Implement an efficient and optimal image critique system
  • Mammography positioning can be extremely challenging.  Proper positioning is critical for breast cancer detection.  The technologist must follow the proper standards for positioning and compression in order to achieve optimal imaging.  The routine mammogram consists of two projections each which demonstrate specific areas of the breast.  The focus of the technologist should always be to adequately image all the breast tissue and understand how to tailor the examination for difficult to position patients.  This presentation teaches the detailed instruction of positioning the mediolateral oblique (MLO) view.  Each step in positioning the MLO view is critical and there are consequences when a step is not followed through.

    Objectives:

    • Recognize optimal positioning of the MLO view
    • Discuss the steps required for properly positioning the MLO view
    • Understand proper hand maneuvers used when positioning the MLO view
    • Describe the critical steps used when positioning the MLO view
    • Properly critique the MLO view
    • List the objective of the MLO view
    • Understand breast anatomy visualized on the MLO view
    • Describe the tissue not imaged on the MLO view
    • Demonstrate proper positioning of the MLO view
    • Describe the technologists role in positioning the MLO view
    • List the steps for proper positioning of the MLO view
    • Demonstrate how to correct suboptimal positioning of the MLO view
    • List the most common positioning deficiencies of the MLO view
  • Mammography as a diagnostic procedure requires additional views above and beyond the routine CC and MLO in order to demonstrate or rule out pathology.  Although it is not required but recommended a diagnostic mammogram is typically done with an interpreting physician onsite to monitor the examination as the technologist performs it.  However if in a region without an onsite radiologist the technologist must be able to perform diagnostic and supplemental views to demonstrate an abnormality so the radiologist can make a diagnosis and understand which of these views will give the physician the information required.  Supplemental views are also used for difficult routine mammography when it is not possible to properly image the patient in the two routine views due to body habitus. There are a number of diagnostic and supplemental views used in mammography to reduce superimposition, help the radiologist characterize calcifications and visualize an abnormality in two planes.  This lesson discusses some of the these views, how to perform them and their value in breast cancer detection.

    Course Topics:

    • Medial lateral (ML)
    • Lateral medial (LM)
    • Lateral medial oblique (LMO)
    • From below (FB)
    • Exaggerated CC lateral (XCCL)
    • Superior Inferior Oblique (SIO)
  • Mammography as a diagnostic procedure requires additional views above and beyond the routine CC and MLO in order to demonstrate or rule out pathology.  Although it is not required but recommended a diagnostic mammogram is typically done with an interpreting physician onsite to monitor the examination as the technologist performs it.  However if in a region without an onsite radiologist the technologist must be able to perform diagnostic and supplemental views to demonstrate an abnormality so the radiologist can make a diagnosis and understand which of these views will give the physician the information.  Supplemental views are also used for difficult routine mammography when it is not possible to properly image the patient in the two routine views due to body habitus. There are a number of diagnostic and supplemental views used in mammography to reduce superimposition, help the radiologist characterize calcifications and visualize an abnormality in two planes.  This lesson discusses these views, how to perform them and their value in breast cancer detection.

    Part II of this lesson also includes how to position the non-conforming patient and imaging the male breast.

  • This enduring material was designed for today’s practicing MRI Technologist with topics that are relevant to the technologist’s daily practice. The cutting edge technology in MRI reflects the “new face” of skills needed by today’s MRI Technologist. The faculty will touch on the explosion of new technology in MRI and reinforce the fundamentals of how MRI is used in diagnosis and treatment planning.  This MRI CEU class will benefit ARRT MRI technologists and ARMRIT MRI technologists as well as Radiologic Technologists wishing to learn more about MRI.

  • Objectives:

    1. Understand the goals of the Alliance for Radiation Safety and the Image Gently Campaign
    2. Identify strategies to reduce radiation dose in CT imaging
    3. Discuss different case studies as they relate to radiation induced injuries
    4. Identify how increased cancer incidences are related to CT scanners
    5. Understand pediatric CT imaging
  • This course is designed to help CT technologists meet the prepublication requirements set forth by Joint Commission for diagnostic CT radiation safety elements.  The course is useful to all technologists wishing to verify or improve their knowledge of current available radiation dose reduction methods for diagnostic CT procedures.

    Course topics include:

    • Goals of the Alliance for Radiation Safety and the Image Gently Campaign
    • Radiation dose reduction strategies that can be implemented by the technologist
    • Case studeis as they realte to radiation induced injury
    • Risk associated with increased cancer incidence related to CT scanners
    • ALARA concepts in regards to head CT of pediatric patients
  • The CE activity is a video of pre-recorded presentation and a post test with multiple choice questions that is to be completed online. If you have slow internet service, you may find it more convenient to download the video for viewing on your computer. **See computer equipment specifications below.

    Whether you are a registered technologist needing a refresher or a non-technologist in a healthcare facility, you will enjoy this basic radiation safety video course that was recorded from a “live” class.  You will cover the topics needed for basic radiation safety, the role of the radiation safety program and the effects of ionizing radiation. Also covered will be radiation detection and personal protection methods related to ionizing radiation.  This course is designed to meet the four hours of radiation safety needed by non-technologists performing bone densitometry in the State of Texas, but is equally beneficial to the radiologic technologist wanting a refresher course in radiation safety.

  • The CE activity is a video of pre-recorded presentation and a post test with multiple choice questions that is to be completed online. If you have slow internet service, you may find it more convenient to download the video for viewing on your computer. **See computer equipment specifications below.

    Whether you are a registered technologist needing a refresher or a non-technologist in a healthcare facility, you will enjoy this basic radiation safety video course that was recorded from a “live” class.  You will cover the topics needed for basic radiation safety, the role of the radiation safety program and the effects of ionizing radiation. Also covered will be radiation detection and personal protection methods related to ionizing radiation.  This course is designed to meet the four hours of radiation safety needed by non-technologists performing bone densitometry in the State of Texas, but is equally beneficial to the radiologic technologist wanting a refresher course in radiation safety. 

    Author:

    Lesa Mohr, , RT(R)(QM)(BD)

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    Adobe Flash Player [If you don't currently have Adobe Flash Player or if you are using an older version then click HERE]

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Improve your skills in diseaseevaluation and radiographic changes with case studies

    Excellent presentation of information to assist you in evaluating the changes that occur in patients as a result of pathology. Symptomology , treatment, and the radiologic procedure of choice to visualize the disease, along with changes in body habitus that affect imaging are presented in a reader-friendly format.

    • Introduction to Pathology
    • The Skeletal System
    • The Respiratory System
    • The Abdomen and Gastrointestinal System
    • The Hepatobiliary System
    • The Urinary System
    • The Reproductive System
    • The Cardiovascular System
    • The Hemopoietic System
    • The Central Nervous System
    • Traumatic Disease
  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    The drug smuggling predicament has intensified over the past several years, with federal officers working full time along the southern US border. It is believed that the drug smuggling business in Mexico is worth upwards of $50 billion per year! Oftentimes drug smuggling rings use body packers, or mules, to transport drugs across borders. This practice is not only incredibly harmful to the body packer, but life threatening. This home study will take a closer look at exactly how individuals literally pack their bodies with illicit drugs and what complications can occur. Become informed about how radiologic diagnoses play a role in identifying body packers, and the possible treatments in this intriguing new home study!

    Course Topics

    • Pellets, Packing, and Risks
    • Screenings
    • Case Studies

    Author: Marilyn, Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT and Oscar Reyes, RT(R)

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Introduction

    The number sixty-five has been established in this country as the designation of old age, mature, senior citizen, third-ager or becoming elderly. Age sixty-five represents a time for retirement and the finishing of one's lifetime tasks. Sixty-five is a convenient way to categorize people into a group, but is not indicative of an individual's mental ability, physical capability or state of overall health. The aging process is affected by many factors such as lifestyle, occupation, heredity and culture.

    The population of age 65 and over is increasing in the United States and has tripled since 1900 (Torres 181). In 1986, there were twice as many individuals under age 18 as older people. By 2030 it is estimated that the two groups will be about equal in number. The fastest growing segment of the elderly population in the United States is age 85 and over. From 1960 to 1990, this group increased by 274% (Pfizer 4). Reasons for increased longevity in this country include, but are not limited to, better living conditions, vaccines for infectious disease, isolation of infectious patients, improved nutrition and pasteurization to kill organisms.

  • Objectives:

    1. State the signs and symptoms of diminished hearing.
    2. Describe normal anatomy of the organ of hearing.
    3. Discuss the types of hearing loss.
    4. Relate various hearing disorders to anatomical changes.
    5. Name methods to enhance communication with a hearing-impaired patient.
    6. Understand the definition of low vision blindness
    7. Describe normal anatomy and physiology of the eye.
    8. Describe anatomical alteration with eye trauma, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
    9. Correlate the symptoms of various eye diseases with the changes in normal tissue.
    10. List several techniques to improve communication with a visually impaired patient.
    11. Differentiate between brain damage causes of trauma and cerebrovascular disease.
    12. Describe central nervous system anatomy and the effects of damage.
    13. State techniques to enrich the examination process for an acquired brain injury patient.
  • This recorded live program will take a journey through the evolution of medical imaging and the evolving medical practices of the 21st century.  On this trip we will visit the era before there was ultrasound, before there was CT and MRI, when all we had was x-ray, nuclear medicine and fluoroscopy to imaging the human body at the molecular level.  Atoms to molecules, molecules to cells, and cells to tissue we now have Genomics development which allows us to image at the molecular level.  What a trip it has been from Roentgen to Star Wars.  Join Mark for a unique discussion of our professions magnificent journey in time.  You will love this educational information packed presentation which will leave you with a renewed appreciation and pride for your professional imaging career. 

    Course Topics:

    • History of Radiology
    • Evolution of Radiation Safety
    • Imaging Equipment
  • The video DVD included with Sound Advice for the Echo Lab is an example of a complete echocardiogram, and follows the protocol which is outlined in the book.  The video demonstrates with narration the precise way to obtain images, Doppler recordings, M-Mode, and velocity tracings.  Each calculation described in the book is presented on the video in an easy to understand format and may be referred to as needed to re-enforce lessons learned in the 8 day echocardiogram course presented by AHEC.  The combination book and video DVD may be purchased as a stand-alone aid for students wishing to refresh themselves on any aspect of the complete trans-thoracic adult echocardiogram.

  • This video presentation is the companion to the book “Sound Advice For the Abdominal Ultrasound Laboratory”.  The video may be used as a guide to performing a complete abdominal ultrasound examination in the exam room. In this presentation the abdominal protocol is discussed with live examples of the images needed for a complete abdominal ultrasound exam, as well as tips and techniques helpful in obtaining these images.  The video demonstrates the proper techniques for measuring the abdominal organs visualized on a complete abdominal ultrasound examination.  This video is intended to serve as a reference tool for those wishing to better understand the images and techniques used to obtain images as part of a complete abdominal ultrasound examination.

  • Introduction

    Obesity is a serious, multifaceted, chronic illness affecting patients of all ages. It continues to increase in seriousness at an alarming rate. It is not a problem affecting just the United States. It seems when we achieved Globalization, we also achieved Globesity. Imaging is integral to the care of bariatric patients. Obesity limits the ability to acquire and perform imaging procedures and interventions. This study material will discuss obesity in detail and focus on imaging the obese patient. Two main issues arise with imaging the obese patient the attenuation characteristics of human tissue, which begins to dominate when the patient weighs 250 pounds or more and the sheer difficulty of moving and transporting these patients which result in staff injuries and suboptimal studies. Join us in this new informative and educational activity and learn how our imaging modalities are used for imaging the obese patient.

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Obesity is a serious, multifaceted, chronic illness affecting patients of all ages. It continues to increase in seriousness at an alarming rate. It is not a problem affecting just the United States. It seems when we achieved Globalization, we also achieved Globesity. Imaging is integral to the care of bariatric patients. Obesity limits the ability to acquire and perform imaging procedures and interventions. This study material will discuss obesity in detail and focus on imaging the obese patient. Two main issues arise with imaging the obese patient the attenuation characteristics of human tissue, which begins to dominate when the patient weighs 250 pounds or more and the sheer difficulty of moving and transporting these patients which result in staff injuries and suboptimal studies. Join us in this new informative and educational activity and learn how our imaging modalities are used for imaging the obese patient.

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, M.Ed, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • This course is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals performing fluoroscopically guided procedures that only need two hours of fluoroscopic radiation safety training to compliment prior training.  The training is available on the AHEC’s website in two new narrated video presentations that total 2 hours CME. Physicians and other healthcare providers completing both parts of the course will receive a certificate of completion for 2 hours Category 1™ AMA PRA credit. This course is designed to enhance your understanding of the biologic effects of x-radiation from fluoroscopic equipment during interventional procedures for the protection of your patients.   You will also learn the principles of dose reduction techniques for optimal management of x-ray exposure to the patient and other medical personnel.

    Course Topics

    • Part 1 – Radiation Effects and Safety
    • Part 2 – Patient Management
  • What happens if parent refuses treatment for a child? How is the rationing of care administered or the distribution of donated organs? Find out the answers to these and other ethical considerations in this home study designed to guide the medical professional through the critical thinking skills required to tackle ethical issues such as these and many more in this ever changing field!

    The format for this home study is reading material with a post test exam.

    Course Topics:

    1. Introduction

    2. Choices: Case Studies on Ethical Dilemmas

          Disagreement on Treatment Options

    •       What happens when religion precludes a transfusion?
    •       What if parents refuse treatment for a child?

    3. Bioethics

         Biomedical Research and Experimentation

    •       Genetic Research
    •       Stem Cells
    •       Confidentiality and Privacy
    •       Fraudulent Practices in Healthcare
  • What happens if parent refuses treatment for a child? How is the rationing of care administered or the distribution of donated organs? Find out the answers to these and other ethical considerations in this home study designed to guide the medical professional through the critical thinking skills required to tackle ethical issues such as these and many more in this ever changing field!

    The format for this home study is reading material with a post test exam.

    Course Topics:

    1. Introduction

    2. Choices: Case Studies on Ethical Dilemmas

          Disagreement on Treatment Options

    •       What happens when religion precludes a transfusion?
    •       What if parents refuse treatment for a child?

    3. Bioethics

         Biomedical Research and Experimentation

    •       Genetic Research
    •       Stem Cells
    •       Confidentiality and Privacy
    •       Fraudulent Practices in Healthcare
  • What happens if parent refuses treatment for a child? How is the rationing of care administered or the distribution of donated organs? Find out the answers to these and other ethical considerations in this home study designed to guide the medical professional through the critical thinking skills required to tackle ethical issues such as these and many more in this ever changing field!

    The format for this home study is reading material with a post test exam.

    Course Topics:

    1. Introduction

    2. Choices: Case Studies on Ethical Dilemmas

          Disagreement on Treatment Options

    •       What happens when religion precludes a transfusion?
    •       What if parents refuse treatment for a child?

    3. Bioethics

         Biomedical Research and Experimentation

    •       Genetic Research
    •       Stem Cells
    •       Confidentiality and Privacy
    •       Fraudulent Practices in Healthcare
  • Knowledge of breast anatomy is critical to being a successful mammography technologist.   The ability to properly position and critique the images depends on the technologist’s knowledge of breast anatomy.

    Positioning the breast is not an exact science and many times the technologist will have to be creative and modify positioning to accommodate the patient’s body habitus.

    But one thing that we know for sure is that it is the mammography technologist’s knowledge of the breast – or lack thereof- that will determine her ability to achieve proper positioning.

    This fantastic course will discuss gross breast anatomy and the physiological changes that occur as a woman ages.  The visualization of the varying appearances of breast tissue on the mammogram will be discussed as we take anatomy and physiology to a new level.  Remember: What the radiologist can see on the mammogram depends on how well the technologist does her job.  When it comes to finding early breast cancer which can be no bigger than the tip of a straight pin----Close Does Not Count!

    Objectives:

    At the conclusion of this study material the technologist will be able to:

    1. Recognize normal breast anatomy
    2. Discuss the difference between female  and male breast anatomy
    3. Describe the lymphatic system in the breast
    4. Describe the venous system in the breast
    5. Describe the physiological changes of the female breast
    6. Understand breast development and involution
    7. Describe the effects of hormones on the breast
    8. Understand the clock and quadrants of the breast
    9. Describe the progressive degeneration that occurs naturally with advancing age

    Describe the gross anatomy of the breast

  • What crosses your mind when you think whistleblower? Ethics, virtue, honesty, altruism? Do you consider Edward Snowden (NSA whistleblower) a hero, a traitor, or an ill-advised man? This two-hour home study will focus on recent radiology whistleblower cases, who is a whistleblower, and the False Claims and Affordable Care Acts. Conclude with a case study that can easily claim the title of the most bizarre example whistleblowing in the healthcare industry so far.

  • What crosses your mind when you think whistleblower? Ethics, virtue, honesty, altruism? Do you consider Edward Snowden (NSA whistleblower) a hero, a traitor, or an ill-advised man? This two-hour home study will focus on recent radiology whistleblower cases, who is a whistleblower, and the False Claims and Affordable Care Acts. Conclude with a case study that can easily claim the title of the most bizarre example whistleblowing in the healthcare industry so far.

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, M.Ed., RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy.  AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Objectives:

    1. Discuss recent whistleblower cases in the US
    2. Identify what characteristics make up a whistleblower
    3. Understand the Affordable Care Act and False Claims Act and what they have to do with whistleblowing
    4. Describe a bizarre whistleblowing case from a small county in Texas
  • Get your questions about AIDS answered in this course.

    Complete, factual and current information is available in this course. The course topics answer many questions.

    • What are HIV and AIDS?
    • How Does HIV Cause AIDS?
    • How Does a Person Get HIV?
    • Who is at Risk for AIDS?
    • Can I Get Aids From….?
    • What Should I Know About HIV Testing?
    • How Are People With AIDS Cared For?
    • What Are the Legal Aspects of AIDS?
    • How is AIDS prevented?
  • In the field of Radiology, communication with people who have communicable diseases is unavoidable. Health Care Workers can reduce the risk of contracting diseases through education in the most commonly occurring types of pathological conditions. Safety precautions and safety equipment may be utilized more effectively if the process of spread and effective treatment is understood. This home study material was developed to provide the clinical picture of the types of hepatitis.

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    In the field of Radiology, communication with people who have communicable diseases is unavoidable. Health Care Workers can reduce the risk of contracting diseases through education in the most commonly occurring types of pathological conditions. This lesson will help the radiographer distinguish the difference between Hepatitis A, B, non-infectious Hepatitis and Hepatitis C, and explain the radiographer’s role in diagnosing Hepatitis.

    Authors:

    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT
    Rommel Ramono, M.D.

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • The Medical Marijuana Conundrum

    Cannabis (marijuana) has a long history of use in medicine going back to 2900 BC where the Chinese considered it one of the 50 fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese medicine. Throughout history there are recordings of the herb being used in oils and hemp grown for medicinal purposes. It was brought to North America with the Jamestown settlers and there is proof that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew it on their farms.  It is predicted in the coming months and years that the political, social, and commercial interests in the cannabis industry will push for more legalization for medical marijuana. This reverse trend in public response will greatly change the horizon for medicine. It is inherent that as a segment of continuing education for the medical community that a discussion of the integration of medical marijuana into the treatment and care of patients be included.

    Author: Marilyn, Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    The Medical Marijuana Conundrum

    Cannabis (marijuana) has a long history of use in medicine going back to 2900 BC where the Chinese considered it one of the 50 fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese medicine. Throughout history there are recordings of the herb being used in oils and hemp grown for medicinal purposes. It was brought to North America with the Jamestown settlers and there is proof that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew it on their farms.  It is predicted in the coming months and years that the political, social, and commercial interests in the cannabis industry will push for more legalization for medical marijuana. This reverse trend in public response will greatly change the horizon for medicine. It is inherent that as a segment of continuing education for the medical community that a discussion of the integration of medical marijuana into the treatment and care of patients be included.

    Author: Marilyn, Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • **This CE activity is the POST TEST only online. The link will be emailed to you after purchase and it is your responsibility to obtain the book from a third party - Amazon, eCampus, or another bookstore.

    “A trip to the doctor is almost a guarantee of misery. You’ll make an appointment months in advance. You’ll probably wait for several hours until you hear “the doctor will see you now” – but only for fifteen minutes! In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation’s top physicians, shows why medicine does not have to be that way. Instead, you could use your smartphone to get rapid test results from one drop of blood, monitor your vital signs both day and night, and use an artificially intelligent algorithm to receive a diagnosis without having to see a doctor, all at a small fraction of the cost imposed by our modern healthcare system.” Read about Topol’s “Gutenberg moment” and the changes the internet are providing healthcare in this home study. This simple, yet scientific text will delight your medical imagination. Get your CE leisurely and become enlightened to democratized medicine; the revolutionary changes empowering the patient to be in charge of their total well-being.

  • **This CE activity is the POST TEST only online. The link will be emailed to you after purchase and it is your responsibility to obtain the book from a third party - Amazon, eCampus, or another bookstore.

    “A trip to the doctor is almost a guarantee of misery. You’ll make an appointment months in advance. You’ll probably wait for several hours until you hear “the doctor will see you now” – but only for fifteen minutes! In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation’s top physicians, shows why medicine does not have to be that way. Instead, you could use your smartphone to get rapid test results from one drop of blood, monitor your vital signs both day and night, and use an artificially intelligent algorithm to receive a diagnosis without having to see a doctor, all at a small fraction of the cost imposed by our modern healthcare system.” Read about Topol’s “Gutenberg moment” and the changes the internet are providing healthcare in this home study. This simple, yet scientific text will delight your medical imagination. Get your CE leisurely and become enlightened to democratized medicine; the revolutionary changes empowering the patient to be in charge of their total well-being.

  • Introduction

    This independent study is intended to heighten your awareness about the legal pitfalls associated with the practice of radiologic technology. Many technologists find themselves assigned job duties and responsibilities which exceed their level of experience and training. This presents a vicarious legal situation if a patient in their care is injured or suffers clinically and the proper response is not initiated. This can result in the radiologic technologist being named as a defendant if litigation occurs as a result of the incident. In the workplace, we are dependent upon the advice and protection of our employer, whether physician, clinic, or hospital for legal advice and malpractice insurance. This dependence may not always work for our benefit. This independent study presents an actual legal case and the deposition from both involved parties. You will read and evaluate the case study.

    It has been estimated by some sources in the current literature that eighty percent of the litigation about misdiagnosis is targeted toward the Radiology Department. Injury to patients from untrained or poorly trained radiology personnel has been increasing. We as technologists are not knowledgeable about the legal system, the art of deposition, and incident documentation. This presents many unforeseen complications if you are involved in litigation.

    In lesson One you will hear what the Radiologist says about the circumstances of the incident. In Lesson Two you will read the primary Technologist's description of the incident. This case demonstration many of the common mistakes and the risks associated with actions. The deposition has been edited to be more succinct.

  • Learning Objectives:

    At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be able to:

    • Discuss the protective measures that must be taken by healthcare professionals to prevent infections
    • List the blood borne diseases that may threaten those in the hospital environment
    • Discuss the proper means for reporting patient and employee exposures to infectious diseases
    • Explain the increase in occurrences of tuberculosis.
    • Discuss the protective measures that must be taken for tuberculosis
    • Define and describe hepatitis and how it is transmitted
  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Assess the risks and preventative measures that will keep you safe. It was once thought that HIV was the biggest threat to healthcare workers with hepatitis B second in line, but as of the year 2000, hepatitis C surpassed them both. Radiographers encounter dangers with every patient contact. If you are not prepared for each patient encounter, it can be detrimental to your health, and may cause serious illness and death. Your work environment is fast paced, stressful, and one in which we often take shortcuts to get our work done. In this timely study, you will learn to protect yourself from occupational exposure from TB, Hepatitis, and HIV.

    Authors:

    Paulette Stowers, BSN, MS, CCRN
    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT
    Mark Struthers, BBA, BSRT, RT(R)(MR), CMRT, CIIP

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Tuberculosis is the top single infectious killer of adults worldwide, and it lies dormant in one of three people according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This homestudy will discuss and define Tuberculosis, as well as discuss the signs, symptoms and complications of Tuberculosis.

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • *The format for this CE activity is reading material and post test with multiple choice questions

    Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disorder observed in humans as far back the Egyptian and Biblical eras. Medical advancements have added to the knowledge of the ancients including the research in gene therapy and prescription drugs. Appreciate the integral importance of imaging modalities in the diagnosis and treatment of PD using Deep Brain Stimulation with description of the procedure. Learn about the normal brain and the pathological developments of Parkinson’s in this truly informative collection.

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy.  AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disorder observed in humans as far back the Egyptian and Biblical eras. Medical advancements have added to the knowledge of the ancients including the research in gene therapy and prescription drugs. Appreciate the integral importance of imaging modalities in the diagnosis and treatment of PD using Deep Brain Stimulation with description of the procedure. Learn about the normal brain and the pathological developments of Parkinson’s in this truly informative collection.

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy.  AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Objectives:

    1. Identify the lobes of the brain and their function related to Parkinson’s Disease
    2. Discuss the Limbic System and Enteric Nervous System
    3. Understand Lewy Bodies related to Parkinson’s Disease
  • Introduction

    Radiation exposure is a subject that carries a lot of extra philosophical baggage. You will examine both sides of the radiation exposure controversy and obtain useful information that you can use in your clinical applications. You will review the history of radiation protection. Learn how current events such as the Chernobyl accident and the long term ARRT survey of 143,000 radiologic technologistís occupational exposures and health will affect radiation protection in the future. Rediscover your role and responsibility when administering radiation to the population.

  • Objectives:

    • Describe anatomical components of bone, muscle and cartilage.
    • Identify anatomical classification according to bone type.
    • Discuss functional and structural joint classifications.
    • Explain disease conditions known as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Consider alternate radiographic projections and positions to demonstrate arthritis.
    • Describe fractures and treatments for selected bony articulations.
    • Examine selected types of total joint replacements.
  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Learn what you may see radiographically with joint replacement, and be amazed at the amazing medical progress made in this dynamic field. Is the biomechanical man on the horizon? Today replacement parts for the human body are reality. Learn how it’s possible to repair and replace worn out cartilage and joints. This story of the development, science, pathology involved, and beneficial outcomes of joint replacement surgery is an exciting insight into biomechanics and the future of medicine. Medicine today can provide “replacement” parts and although they do not make us super human, they provide a richer and pain free life. You will learn in this lesson about total joint replacement (arthroplasty), which is a common and very successful surgery.

    Author:

    Jera J. Roberts, RT(R)(M)

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Increase your knowledge beyond the basics for trauma and portable radiography

    Don’t learn your lessons by accident; get help from this comprehensive book on trauma and portable radiography. Using critical thinking skills allows you to depart from the traditional assumptions about positioning. The methodology described uses film and central ray placement to produce quality results in each patient examination.

    • Vital Signs and Patient Assessment
    • Aid for Medical Emergencies
    • Drugs That May Affect Patient Cooperation
    • Trauma Terminology and Fractures
    • Injuries from Types of Trauma
    • Radiographing Trauma
    • Portable Radiography
  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Must know information for all health care personnel. Do you have to stop and think about your responsibilities for infection control? Infection control “best practices” for equipment, food, water, and elimination of microorganisms are discussed. Learn about your responsibilities as a health care worker for the delivery of quality patient care.

    Author:

    Jera J. Roberts, RT(R)(M) and Marilyn Sackett , MEd, RT(R), FASRT 

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Must know information for all health care personnel. Do you have to stop and think about your responsibilities for infection control? Infection control “best practices” for equipment, food, water, and elimination of microorganisms are discussed. Learn about your responsibilities as a health care worker for the delivery of quality patient care.

    Author:

    Jera J. Roberts, RT(R)(M) and Marilyn Sackett , MEd, RT(R), FASRT 

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Knowledge and preparation are the key to avoiding the perils and pitfalls of contrast media administration. Adverse side effects from contrast administration vary from minor disturbances to rare life threatening situations. This home study will give technologists a thorough understanding of the techniques for administration, pharmacology of dose units, documentation and charting, and the response to allergic reactions when performing Venipuncture.

    Author:

    Shane Otis, RN-C

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • The objectives of this program include:

    1. How to prevent infection through asepsis.
    2. How to select an appropriate site.
    3. How to select the appropriate equipment.
    4. How to legally and accurately chart the procedure, administration of drugs or diagnostic aids, and any complications.
  • What is the definition of violence in the workforce? It will be quite a shocker for you as you! Workers are afraid to say what they really think for many reasons. Fear is the biggest reason. Fear of losing one’s job. Fear of being accused of being silly. Fear of loss of respect from co-workers. Fear, fear, fear, and more fear.  Violence and bullying don’t always come from within the workplace. Patients present their own kind of violence and bullying. Work in a healthcare setting can be and is stressful.  We cannot discuss workplace violence without including the act of bullying. This independent learning material will open your eyes to the true definitions of these workplace issues as it reveals violence in the workplace and domestic violence going to work as well.  We will discuss causes of violence in hospitals, where violence occurs and those most at risk!  The contributing factors will amaze and enlighten you!

    Workplace violence is a complex issue in today’s healthcare environment. Acting on your own has no influence over the problem. It requires a concerted effort on everyone’s part to craft a program, the implementation, and the training to protect the staff.  It is obvious that Radiology suffers from the violence prevalent in the emergency room and critical care units.  As the incidence of radiology exams and procedures increases and the technology becomes more critical in the management of patients, radiologic technologists will remain at the center of the storm.  This video presentation will bring all the facts of violence in the workplace to light for all!

  • I never knew, until recently, what the definition of violence in the workforce included. It was quite a shocker for me as I realized it had happened to me... a multitude of times in my work life. I thought such behavior was just a normal part of the healthcare system. Workers are afraid to say what they really think for many reasons. Fear is the biggest reason. Fear of losing one's job. Fear of being accused of being silly. Fear of loss of respect from co-workers. Fear, fear, fear, and more fear.

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    What is the definition of violence in the workforce? It will be quite a shocker for you as "you"! Workers are afraid to say what they really think for many reasons. Fear is the biggest reason. Fear of losing one’s job. Fear of being accused of being silly. Fear of loss of respect from co-workers. Fear, fear, fear, and more fear.  Violence and bullying don’t always come from within the workplace. Patients present their own kind of violence and bullying. Work in a healthcare setting can be and is stressful.  We cannot discuss workplace violence without including the act of bullying. This independent learning material will open your eyes to the true definitions of these workplace issues as it reveals violence in the workplace and domestic violence going to work as well.  We will discuss causes of violence in hospitals, where violence occurs and those most at risk!  The contributing factors will amaze and enlighten you!

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, M.Ed, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Do you Facebook? You can be friended, defriended, blocked, poked, tagged, linked, tweeted, flirted, winked, texted, and liked. The term “facebooking” and “tweeting” has become part of our language and culture. The influence of these social media websites is unquestionable. Join AHEC as we discuss the social media dilemma and cover The Nature of Social Networks, Social Media goes to work, Cell Phones and Texting, Inappropriate Use Consequences, What is and isn’t PHI?, and Pros and Cons of Social Media for Employees. We must relearn the technology to learn to use it for us not against us. There are endless opportunities in social media for personal and timely communication. We have accepted the new medium and are embedding into our society. We must learn to live with the implications and experience the caution required for protecting the privacy of our patients and to build the trust that is necessary. This home study will enlighten, inform and get on the right track to using social medial appropriately and safely..

  • **The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

    Do you Facebook? You can be friended, defriended, blocked, poked, tagged, linked, tweeted, flirted, winked, texted, and liked. The term “facebooking” and “tweeting” has become part of our language and culture. The influence of these social media websites is unquestionable. Join AHEC as we discuss the social media dilemma and cover The Nature of Social Networks, Social Media goes to work, Cell Phones and Texting, Inappropriate Use Consequences, What is and isn’t PHI?, and Pros and Cons of Social Media for Employees. We must relearn the technology to learn to use it for us not against us. There are endless opportunities in social media for personal and timely communication. We have accepted the new medium and are embedding into our society. We must learn to live with the implications and experience the caution required for protecting the privacy of our patients and to build the trust that is necessary. This home study will enlighten, inform and get on the right track to using social medial appropriately and safely.

    Author:

    Marilyn Sackett, MEd, RT(R), FASRT

    Approval Expirations:

    All Home study approvals have an expiration date. Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years. Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy. AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

    Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

    Windows XP or higher

    Macintosh

    One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

  • Healthcare professionals provide care to a multitude of different cultures and patients with various religious backgrounds. This is a complex issue and it is difficult to make a clear distinction between faith and cultural practice. The diversity that healthcare providers face in the lives of their patient s is unprecedented in world hit-[story. Everyday healthcare providers face a day of offering care to those in need. Religion is often a difficult additional concern for already complex health care situations. This home study will introduce you to the health-related beliefs and practices of the major world religions and will serve as a guide to healthcare etiquette. Religious diversity increases daily and a person’s religious perspective has an big influence on the way they experience an illness as well on the sort of medical care they want and hope for. As a healthcare provider, knowing how the various religions view illness and healing will help you to be more effective and more sensitive professional.