SPECTIC/CT/ PGCC Radiography Program/RAD 2410 Radiographic Procedures III/Emerging Technologies Assignment

SPECTIC/CT/ PGCC Radiography Program/RAD 2410 Radiographic Procedures III/Emerging Technologies Assignment

1Objective:  The student will explain the necessity of continued professional development and lifelong learning for imaging professionals.  Furthermore, the student will demonstrate effective written communication skills necessary for imaging professionals.
Purpose:  Students will research and analyze an emerging technology or movement in the imaging sciences according following the instructions below.  Students will gain a greater appreciation for the scope of the imaging services field including diagnostic, functional, and therapeutic uses.   Through these research and writing activities, students will develop effective professional written communication skills as well as an appreciation for the necessity of lifelong learning required to keep abreast of changes and advancement within the profession.
Ideas topics students might consider are:
•    CARE Bill/RadCARE bill
•    Radiologist Assistants
•    Emerging trends in:
o    Cardiovascular interventional radiology
o    Mammography
o    Diagnostic imaging
o    Nuclear medicine
o    Sonography
o    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
o    PET/CT
o    SPECT/CT
o    Computed tomography
o    Bone densitometry
o    Patient safety/Radiation Safety initiatives
o    Quality control/quality assurance
o    PACs
o    Computer Aided Detection (CAD)
o    Education
•    Professional development issues:
o    Leadership development
o    Retention and job satisfaction
o    Career advancement
o    Continued practice proficiency/Methods for assessing continued competency
•    Other topics of student interest will also be considered for approval

Research Paper Instructions
You will write a research paper in full APA formatting on an emerging trend in the imaging sciences of your choosing following the instructions below.
1.    Choose an emerging trend for the topic of your research paper.
a.    Email your topic to Cathy McGee for approval by 11:59p on Saturday 10/10/15.

2.    Once your topic has been approved:
a.    You will write a minimum of a four (4) page research paper, not including title and reference pages.
b.    Your paper must be written in full APA formatting including running head, title page, abstract, appropriate headings and sub-headings, in-text citations, and reference page.
i.    You do not need an Author Note.
ii.    You may include images, tables, graphs, etc. to add interest in your paper, but they are not required.
1.    Appropriate captions and citations are required for these additions.
iii.    A minimum of four sources are required.  Only two may be from your textbooks.  The remaining sources should come from the PGCC Library research data bases which include peer reviewed journal articles, articles from authoritative newspapers, and magazines.  Reliable websites, such as .org or .gov websites may also be used.  Wiki’s are not acceptable sources.
iv.    A number of APA references and grading rubric have been provided in this unit to assist you.

3.    Your paper should at a minimum include:
a.    A complete analysis of your emerging technology.
b.    Compare & contrast the emerging technology with current imaging modalities or practices.
c.    Compare & Contrast the risks and benefits of your emerging technology for the imaging community.
d.    Discuss the implications of your new technology for the Radiographer and Radiologist if applicable and the importance of continued professional development.
e.    Analyze the impact of your emerging technology for the patient (e.g. improved diagnosis, improved turnaround times, etc.)

4.    Research papers are due by 11:59p, Tuesday, November 3, 2015.  Research papers are to be submitted to Safe Assign in Blackboard.   Papers identified as being plagiarized will receive a grade of zero for the assignment and handled according to the college’s academic integrity policy.
Late submissions will not be accepted!