The Limited Scope X-Ray or Bone Densitometry operator program provides students with the information and strategies necessary to successfully complete their Limited Scope X-Ray or Bone Densitometry Operator Certification examination.

This six week course is designed to:

  1.  Prepare students for the ARRT Limited Scope Examination for X Ray Operators
  2. Give students an overview of limited radiology technology
  3. Provide students with the necessary information to understand the following: the physics of x-ray production, the design and proper use of x-ray equipment, the principles of radiation safety with protection for both the operator and patient, and the importance of good safe work habits
  4. Acquaint the students with anatomy and positioning of the common radiographic projections performed by limited scope x-ray operators

    Successful completion will prepare students to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam. The examinations offered by ARRT are the gold standard proficiency assessments currently available to professionals in medical imaging, interventional procedures and radiation therapy. Minnesota law requires individuals to pass the core components of this exam before they can become certified and take x-rays.

    Work Environment

    To be successful as a Limited Scope X-Ray or Bone Densitometry operator, an individual must enjoy working with people in a medical setting such as doctor’s offices, small clinics, chiropractic or pediatric offices. The majority of people who take limited x-rays are medical assistants (CNA), medical lab technicians (MLT) or others that work in a clinic or doctor’s office and are now asked to take x-rays.

    About the Instructor:

    Gene Frank,

    Gene Frank has been a Radiologic Technologist for 40 years.  He retired as Director of the Radiography Program and Associate Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN.  He also served as Program Director for the Radiography Program at Riverland Community College, Austin, MN.  Teaching radiography and writing radiography textbooks has been the major focus of his career.  He is the lead author of the Textbook and Workbook used in the course, Radiography Essentials for Limited Practice, now in its 6th edition.  After retiring early from Mayo, he developed the limited scope curriculum and examination for the state of Minnesota.  He began teaching limited scope x-ray courses at MN colleges, online, and as a home-study course for medical facilities.  He has taught 944 students in limited-scope x-ray courses since 2008.

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