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Qualification: DIPLOMA OF FIRST LEVEL PROFESSIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION with professional qualification: Radiographer

DIPLOMA OF FIRST LEVEL PROFESSIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION with professional qualification: Radiographer

Qualification Information

Learning outcomes are formulated in accordance with the relevant occupational standard and the strategic objectives of educational programmes outlined in the state standard of first level professional higher education. For more information, see the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 141 “Regulations on the state standard of first level professional higher education” (adopted on 20.03.2001):  Read standard. Occupational standards:  Occupational standards register



Competences:

1. Basic understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
1.1. fundamentals of electronics;
1.2. fundamentals of physics;
1.3. chemistry;
1.4. biochemistry.
2. Advanced understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
2.1. national and European laws and regulations on radiation safety;
2.2. radiation safety quality assurance program and quality control;
2.3. atomic structure, emergence and forms of ionizing radiation; interaction with the substance;
2.4. ionizing radiation measuring units and quantities, basic principles of ionizing radiation detection;
2.5. composition and characteristics of X-ray equipment;
2.6. instruments applied in nuclear medicine;
2.7. fundamentals of radiobiology;
2.8. biological effects of ionizing radiation;
2.9. nuclear medical physics;
2.10. radiation physics;
2.11. CT method;
2.12. magnetic resonance method;
2.13. ultrasound method;
2.14. management techniques;
2.15. record-keeping;
2.16. professional terms in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
3. Thorough knowledge of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
3.1. image formation and documentation processes;
3.2. protection of patients and general public against ionizing radiation;
3.3. protection of medical personnel against ionizing radiation;
3.4. radiation safety quality assurance program and quality control system;
3.5. normal anatomy of human skeleton and internal organs;
3.6. topographical and radiographic anatomy;
3.7. surface anatomy;
3.8. normal human physiology;
3.9. pathological physiology;
3.10. pathological physiology and immunology;
3.11. clinical pharmacology;
3.12. skeletal radiography, positioning techniques;
3.13. patient care in radiology;
3.14. conventional and digital imaging techniques;
3.15. pediatric radiography;
3.16. dental radiography;
3.17. mammography;
3.18. interventional radiology, equipment, examination forms;
3.19. imaging radiography;
3.20. systems science;
3.21. application of contrast agents;
3.22. methodology of X-ray therapy;
3.23. oncological diseases;
3.24. patient care in X-ray therapy;
3.25. radiology information system, organization of data processing in radiologist’s practice;
3.26. radiopharmacology;
3.27. radionuclide chemistry;
3.28. radiological waste processing and storage;
3.29. basic principles of psychology;
3.30. patient training, education;
3.31. procedure performance standards;
3.32. emergency medicine;
3.33. catastrophe medicine;
3.34. infectious diseases;
3.35. surgical diseases;
3.36. internal diseases;
3.37. professional ethics;
3.38. computing;
3.39. communication psychology;
3.40. communication skills;
3.41. environmental protection;
3.42. official language;
3.43. ability to communicate in at least two foreign languages;
3.44. occupational health and safety;
3.45. employment relationship.



Skills:

1. To ensure radiation safety and protection of patients and staff.
2. To respect the rights of all patients.
3. To ensure radiation dose optimization.
4. To carry out diagnostic radiography procedures in accordance with the projection standard.
5. To adhere to quality criteria.
6. To understand the use of diagnostic radiography technologies.
7. To take care of the patient in accordance with the respective radiographic examination or procedure requirements.
8. To apply radiation safety laws and regulations.
9. To be able to properly draw up and fill out X-ray procedure documentation.
10. To perceive a person as a biopsychosocial entity.
11. To recognize urgent or life-threatening conditions.
12. To be able to provide emergency medical assistance.
13. To use professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
14. To carry out infectious diseases prevention measures.
15. To apply positive communication skills.
16. To observe confidentiality in professional activities.
17. To respect cultural, ethical and professional principles.
18. To apply radiography image formation techniques.
19. To apply proper positioning techniques and ensure compliance of the anatomical structures with the specific radiography procedure.
20. To take into account the formation of X-ray radiation, quantitative and qualitative expression of radiation, be able to comply with radiation safety and protection measures with regard to patients, their accompanying persons, volunteers, assistants and employees working with sources of ionizing radiation.
21. To be able to identify and analyze the factors affecting the quality of work.
22. To know and apply proper radiation doses depending on the film processing speed.
23. To evaluate the types of film, diversity of tapes, screens.
24. To understand film identification systems.
25. To apply anatomical film labeling landmarks.
26. To choose sterile materials, contrast agents, disinfectants for invasive procedures.
27. To possess knowledge of and be able to apply radiography methods.
28. To possess knowledge of radiotherapy equipment and auxiliary appliances and their principles of operation and maintenance.
29. To possess knowledge of fundamentals of clinical oncology.
30. To possess knowledge of application of X-ray therapy in different tumor localizations.
31. To recognize early, late, local and systemic complications of X-ray procedures.
32. To use immobilization equipment to ensure provision of a quality course of X-ray treatment.
33. To build an irradiation field by using radiation energy absorbing blocks, photon energy corrective wedges.
34. To apply computerized planning system for entering patient data and radiation dose planning.
35. To apply specific diagnostic radiography procedures.
36. To use verbal and non-verbal communication methods.
37. To be able to think critically and resolve problem situations.
38. To collect and analyze information obtained from patients prior to examinations.
39. To be able to organize his/her work.
40. To adhere to generally accepted norms of professional conduct.
41. To comply with multidisciplinary team work principles.
42. To make independent decisions and take responsibility for them.
43. To adhere to the rules of professional ethics.
44. To be able to communicate fluently in the official language.
45. To be able to communicate in two foreign languages.
46. To use information technologies as appropriate to his/her professional activities.
47. To understand the basic principles of economics and business.
48. To comply with occupational health and safety, fire safety and hygiene requirements.
49. To comply with employment laws and regulations.
50. To comply with environmental protection regulations.



Knowledge:

1. To ensure radiation safety and protection of patients and staff.
2. To respect the rights of all patients.
3. To ensure radiation dose optimization.
4. To carry out diagnostic radiography procedures in accordance with the projection standard.
5. To adhere to quality criteria.
6. To understand the use of diagnostic radiography technologies.
7. To take care of the patient in accordance with the respective radiographic examination or procedure requirements.
8. To apply radiation safety laws and regulations.
9. To be able to properly draw up and fill out X-ray procedure documentation.
10. To perceive a person as a biopsychosocial entity.
11. To recognize urgent or life-threatening conditions.
12. To be able to provide emergency medical assistance.
13. To use professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
14. To carry out infectious diseases prevention measures.
15. To apply positive communication skills.
16. To observe confidentiality in professional activities.
17. To respect cultural, ethical and professional principles.
18. To apply radiography image formation techniques.
19. To apply proper positioning techniques and ensure compliance of the anatomical structures with the specific radiography procedure.
20. To take into account the formation of X-ray radiation, quantitative and qualitative expression of radiation, be able to comply with radiation safety and protection measures with regard to patients, their accompanying persons, volunteers, assistants and employees working with sources of ionizing radiation.
21. To be able to identify and analyze the factors affecting the quality of work.
22. To know and apply proper radiation doses depending on the film processing speed.

Reference Data

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NQF Level: 
5
Awarding body: 

- Latvijas Universitātes P.Stradiņa medicīnas koledža

Awarding body contact info: 

VIDUS PROSPEKTS 38, JŪRMALA, LV-2010
Tālr.: 67752507
Fakss: 67752214
E-pasts: st-skola@apollo.lv

Source of information: 
National occupation classification: 

ISCO-08

Relationship type: 

Radiology assistant (3211 01)

Access requirements: 

Certificate of general secondary education or Diploma of vocational secondary education

Ways to acquire: 

Formal (through education programmes)