CT Content Specifications

  1. System Operations and Instrumentation (~20%)
    1. CT Scanner Designs
    2. Operator's Console
    3. Host Computer
    4. CT Radiographic Tube
    5. Filtration
    6. Collimation
    7. Gantry/table features
    8. Detectors
    9. Power Injector
    10. Data Acquisition System
    11. Array Processor
    12. Image Archiving and Communication System
  2. Data Acquisition and Post Processing (~10%)
    1. Digital CT Image Production
    2. Scanning Methods
    3. Localizer Scan
    4. Conventional Serial CT Scan
    5. Step and Shoot Scanning
    6. Helical Scanning
    7. Image Reconstruction
    8. Post-Processing Techniques
    9. Segmentation
    10. Degradation Factors
    11. Attenuation Correction
    12. Slice Planes
  3. CT Image Quality and Quality Assurance (~15%)
    1. Influences on Parameter Selection
    2. Image Quality
    3. Linear Attenuation Coefficient
    4. CT Number
    5. Volume of Investigation
    6. Critical Reproduction
    7. Image Noise
    8. Reconstruction Interval
    9. Reconstruction Algorithm
    10. Interscan Spacing
    11. Matrix
    12. Magnification
    13. Windowing
    14. Quality Assurance
    15. Artifacts
  4. Patient Handling and Radiation Safety (~15%)
    1. Patient Education and Preparation
    2. Patient Screening
    3. Radiation Safety
    4. Minimizing Dose
      1. Hardware Factors
      2. Scan Parameters
      3. Reformat
      4. Repeat Scans
      5. Pediatrics
    5. Pregnancy Care
    6. Radiation Penumbra
    7. Shielding
  5. Medications and Contrast Agents (~10%)
    1. Intravenous Contrast Agents
      1. Classifications
        1. Ionic
        2. Non-Ionic
        3. Osmolality
      2. Viscosity
      3. Adverse Reactions
      4. IV Size
      5. Contraindications
      6. Volume
      7. Flow Duration
      8. Flow Rate
      9. Bolus Tracking
    2. Gastrointestinal Contrast Agents
    3. Intrathecal Contrast
    4. Rectal Contrast
    5. Vaginal Contrast
    6. Intraarticular Contrast
    7. Administration
    8. CT Contrast Media Usage
    9. Bolus Parameters and Timing
    10. Medications
    11. Contrast Agents
  6. Procedures and Anatomy (~30%)
    1. Procedure Elements
    2. Exams of the Head
      1. Indications
      2. Trauma
      3. Routine Brain
      4. Posterior Fossa
      5. Internal Auditory Canals
      6. Pituitary
      7. Orbits
      8. Sinuses
      9. Maxillofacial
      10. Temporomandibular Joint
      11. Angiography-Circle of Willis
      12. Additional Anatomy and Physiology
      13. Soft Palate
      14. Lymphatic Chains
      15. Pathologic Findings
    3. Exams of the Neck
      1. Indications
      2. Trauma
      3. Routine Soft Tissue Neck
      4. Larynx
      5. Angiography-Carotids
    4. Exams of the Spine
      1. Indications
      2. Trauma
      3. Cervical Spine
      4. Thoracic Spine
      5. Lumbosacral Spine
      6. Post-Myelography Spine
      7. Anatomy
    5. Musculoskeletal Exams
      1. Indications
      2. Trauma
      3. Shoulder
      4. Elbow
      5. Wrist
      6. Hips
      7. Knee
      8. Ankle
      9. Foot
      10. Angiography-Run-offs
      11. Anatomy
    6. Exams of the Chest
      1. Indications
      2. Trauma
      3. Mediastinum
      4. Lung
      5. High Resolution Chest
      6. Angiography-Thoracic Aorta
      7. Angiography-Pulmonary Vessels
      8. Angiography-Cardiac
      9. Anatomy
    7. Exams of the Abdomen
      1. Indications
      2. Trauma
      3. Routine Abdomen
      4. Tri-Phase Liver
      5. Liver and Gallbladder
      6. Stomach
      7. Spleen
      8. Pancreas
      9. Adrenals
      10. Kidneys
      11. GI Tract/Colonography
      12. Renal Calculi
      13. Ureteral Calculi/Urogram
      14. Anatomy
    8. Exams of the Pelvis
      1. Indications
      2. Trauma
      3. Bladder
      4. Rectum
      5. Anatomy
    9. Special Procedures
      1. Biopsy
      2. Drainage
      3. Bone Survey
      4. Cryogenic Therapy
      5. Fluoroscopy
      6. Gated Procedures
      7. Patients with Allergy to Iodine
      8. Patients with Renal Insufficiency
    10. Cardiac CT
      1. Cardiac Anatomy
      2. Coronary Arteries
      3. Cardiac Physiology
    11. PET/CT
      1. Neurology
      2. Cardiology
      3. Oncology
      4. Attenuation Correction
    12. SPECT/CT
      1. Cardiac
      2. Bone
      3. Pulmonary
      4. Tumor
      5. Gastrointestinal
      6. Thyroid
      7. Parathyroid
      8. Musculoskeletal
      9. Infection
      10. Lymphatics
      11. Attenuation Correction
    13. Pediatrics
Updated January 2014