Department of Medical Imaging

About Department

  THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL IMAGING IS ONE OF THE DEPARTMENTS OF THE FACULTY OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES (FAHS) AT THE HASHEMITE UNIVERSITY. IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1998 AND THE FIRST GROUP OF STUDENTS WAS ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF 1999/2000. THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS HAS INCREASED FROM 24 STUDENTS IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF 1999/2000 TO ABOUT 300 STUDENTS IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF 2016/2017. CURRENTLY, THE FACULTY OF THE DEPARTMENT INCLUDE THREE ASSISTANT PROFESSORS, ONE PART-TIME LECTURER WITH DIFFERENT SPECIALIZATIONS IN THE FIELD OF MEDICAL IMAGING. IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYED FIVE HIGHLY QUALIFIED LAB TECHNICIANS WHO HELP IN RUNNING DIFFERENT LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS AND SUPERVISING STUDENTS IN DIFFERENT HOSPITALS.
 
RATIONALE:
THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL IMAGING WAS ESTABLISHED IN NEED FOR HIGHLY SKILLED TECHNOLOGISTS WHO CAN CARY OUT DIFFERENT BASIC AND ADVANCED IMAGING PROCEDURES PROFESSIONALLY WITH STRONG THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL SKILLS THAT ALLOW THEM TO BECOME EFFECTIVE MEMBERS OF HEALTH CARE TEAMS.
 
VISION
 * THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL IMAGING AIMS TO BECOME A LEADING IMAGING PROGRAM IN THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN AND IN THE REGION.
 * THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL IMAGING IS SEEKING THE INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION.
 * THE SHORT TERM VISION OF THE DEPARTMENT IS TO ESTABLISH POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS IN MEDICAL IMAGING BY EMPLOYING EXPERT IMAGING SPECIALISTS AND SPONSORING MANY STUDENTS FOR HIGHER DEGREES IN HIGHLY REPUTATION INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES.
 
GOALS:
THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS TO PRODUCE COMPETENT, SKILLED PRACTITIONERS WHO CAN PERFORM DIFFERENT IMAGING PROCEDURES IN HOSPITALS, CLINICS, RESEARCH LABORATORIES AND INDUSTRY, PROFESSIONALLY. FURTHERMORE, STUDENTS ARE PREPARED TO BE GOOD RESEARCHERS TO PURSUE THEIR STUDIES IN THE FUTURE.
 
 
MORE ABOUT THE RADIOLOGIC AND MEDICAL IMAGING PROGRAM:
 
OUR BSC IN RADIOLOGIC AND MEDICAL IMAGING IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TAUGHT PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY AND IS HELD IN HIGH REGARD IN THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN AND ABROAD. IT AIMS AT PROVIDING THE STUDENTS WITH BOTH ACADEMIC AND PRACTICAL CONTENT IN SUFFICIENT DETAILS TO ENSURE THAT, ON GRADUATION, THEY ARE COMPETENT TO WORK AS DIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGISTS WITHIN A HEALTHCARE TEAM. THE B.SC. IN RADIOLOGIC AND MEDICAL IMAGING IS AWARDED AFTER COMPLETING 136 CREDIT HOURS OF THE UNIVERSITY, FACULTY AND DEPARTMENT'S REQUIREMENTS. THE DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS ARE DIVIDED INTO MANY AREAS OF STUDY;
 THE DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS ARE DIVIDED INTO DIFFERENT SCIENTIFIC FIELDS:

      • QUALITY CONTROL AND RADIATION PROTECTION IN MEDICAL IMAGING
          (FILM PROCESSING, QUALITY CONTROL (QC), RADIATION PROTECTION AND BIOLOGY, PATIENT CARE)
      • CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL IMAGING APPLICATIONS
          (IMAGING PROCEDURES I, II, III AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE)
      • ADVANCED MEDICAL IMAGING APPLICATIONS
           (CROSS-SECTIONAL ANATOMY, COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT), MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)).
      • ANALYSIS AND PROCESSING OF MEDICAL IMAGES (QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF MEDICAL IMAGES, DIGITAL IMAGING, PRINCIPLES OF DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY).
      • ALLIED IMAGING SCIENCES
            (ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY, PATHOLOGY, STATISTICS, MEDICAL ETHICS, HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION).
      • INTERNSHIP IN MEDICAL IMAGING WHICH TAKES PLACE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ACADEMIC PROGRESS TO ENABLE STUDENTS TO PERFORM DIFFERENT RADIOGRAPHIC EXAMINATIONS AND PROCEDURES. THE CLINICAL PRACTICUM TAKES PLACE IN DIFFERENT RADIOLOGY DEPARTMENTS OF MANY HOSPITALS (AL-BASHIR, PRINCE HAMZEH, AL-ZARQA, AND ROYAL MEDICAL SERVICES). TIMETABLE IS DRAWN UP FOR STUDENTS TO ENSURE THAT THE COMPULSORY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IS ACQUIRED BY THE END OF THE PROGRAM.

ONCE THE BASIC RADIOLOGICAL TOPICS COMPLETED, STUDENTS WILL BE TAUGHT DIFFERENT CONVENTIONAL AND ADVANCED IMAGING MODALITIES AND TECHNIQUES SUCH AS:
 
A) IMAGING PROCEDURES I, II, AND III
IMAGING PROCEDURES OF THE UPPER AND LOWER EXTREMITIES, SKULL, SPINE, CHEST, ABDOMEN AND PELVIS USING CONVENTIONAL X-RAY TECHNIQUES, IN ADDITION TO IMAGING THE INTERNAL ORGANS AND VASCULAR SYSTEM USING FLUOROSCOPY, WHICH IS AN IMAGING TECHNIQUE BY WHICH A REAL-TIME MOVING IMAGES OF THE INTERNAL STRUCTURES OF A PATIENT CAN BE IMAGED AND DISPLAYED ONTO A TV-LIKE MONITOR. FLUOROSCOPY IS USED IN MANY TYPES OF IMAGING EXAMINATIONS AND PROCEDURES, SUCH AS BARIUM SWALLOW, MEAL AND ENEMA, CARDIAC ANGIOGRAM, AND PLACEMENT OF INTRAVENOUS (IV) CATHETERS (HOLLOW TUBES INSERTED INTO VEINS OR ARTERIES).
 
B) COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT)
COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT) IS AN IMAGING TECHNIQUE BY WHICH SEVERAL X-RAY BEAMS PRODUCED BY THE X-RAY TUBE PENETRATE THE HUMAN BODY AT DIFFERENT ANGLES AND INTERACT WITH SPECIFIC DETECTORS TO FORM A MAP THAT REPRESENTS HOW MUCH ATTENUATION THE X-RAY BEAMS EXPERIENCED WHEN PASSING THE HUMAN TISSUES.                  
 
C) MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING IS A NON-INVASIVE IMAGING TECHNIQUE THAT MAKES USE OF STRONG MAGNETIC FIELD, RADIOFREQUENCY (RF) WAVES, AND MAGNETIC FIELD GRADIENTS TO CREATE HIGH QUALITY IMAGES OF THE INTERNAL STRUCTURES OF THE HUMAN BODY.
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI) HAS EVOLVED IN THE 1970’S AS A TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING TECHNIQUE BY WHICH NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (NMR) FROM A SINGLE (THIN) SLICE THROUGH THE HUMAN BODY COULD BE ACQUIRED TO BECOME THE IMAGING MODALITY OF CHOICE FOR MANY RADIOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS. MRI IS A COMPLEX IMAGING MODALITY, AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE HARDWARE AND PULSE SEQUENCES ARE REQUIRED. MRI OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF IMAGE CONTRASTS THAT MAKE IT USEFUL FOR A MULTITUDE OF CLINICAL APPLICATIONS.          
 
D) NUCLEAR MEDICINE (NM)
NUCLEAR MEDICINE (NM) IS A SUB-SPECIALTY OF RADIOLOGY IN WHICH RADIOISOTOPES (COMPOUNDS CONTAINING RADIOACTIVE FORMS OF ATOMS) ARE INTRODUCED INTO THE BODY FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMAGING, EVALUATING ORGAN FUNCTION, OR LOCALIZING DISEASE OR TUMORS. UNLIKE CONVENTIONAL OR COMPUTED RADIOGRAPHY, IN WHICH X-RAY BEAMS ARE GENERATED EXTERNALLY AND PASS THROUGH THE HUMAN BODY. NUCLEAR MEDICINE IS BASED ON RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS (THAT CAN BE EITHER INJECTED OR SWALLOWED IN A SPECIAL FORM KNOWN AS PHARMACEUTICAL AND TAKEN UP BY THE TARGET TISSUE) EMIT RADIATION WHICH CAN BE DETECTED EXTERNALLY BY A SPECIAL DEVICE SUCH AS GAMMA CAMERA.
 
E) ULTRASOUND (US)
ULTRASOUND INVOLVES THE USE OF HIGH-FREQUENCY SOUND WAVES TO CREATE IMAGES OF ORGANS AND SYSTEMS WITHIN THE BODY.
                            

 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
DIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGISTS ARE IN HIGH  DEMANDS IN HOSPITALS, CLINICS AND INDUSTRY.
 

POSTGRADUATE STUDIES:
GRADUATES ARE ELIGIBLE TO CONTINUE THEIR POSTGRADUATE STUDIES ABROAD (USA, UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA). THE DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO ESTABLISH A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MEDICAL IMAGING.
 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
STUDENTS HOLDING THE GENERAL SECONDARY CERTIFICATE (SCIENTIFIC BRANCH), WITH A MINIMUM AVERAGE OF 70% ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION. GRADUATES WITH DIPLOMA DEGREE IN MEDICAL IMAGING / DIAGNOSTIC RADIOGRAPHY ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION. UPON EVALUATING THEIR DIPLOMA DEGREE, STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS SUCCESSFULLY IN ORDER TO UPGRADE THEIR DIPLOMA TO B.SC IN RADIOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL IMAGING. 
 

 

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