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WSP 286 — An Introduction to Medical Imaging: What You Need to Know

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturday
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Date(s): May 14
Duration: 1 day
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Drop Deadline: May 7
Unit(s): 0 Units
Tuition: $160
Format: On-campus course
Status: Open
Have you ever had to X-ray a broken bone or seen your unborn baby on an ultrasound? Chances are you and your loved ones will undergo some form of medical imaging in your lifetime—whether to examine injury, diagnose disease, evaluate treatment efficacy, or monitor the development of new life. But do you know which imaging strategy is the right one to use? Do you understand the risks involved?

This workshop will cover various imaging modalities, specifically focusing on X-ray, CT, MRI, PET, SPECT, and ultrasound. The workshop will describe how these imaging techniques work, including basic instrumentation, the type of information that can be gleaned from imaging procedures, what contrast agents are, and which procedures require them. We will also discuss the methods that use ionizing radiation and what effect radiation has on the human body. Lastly, we will cover key questions you should ask before undergoing any procedure. Students will come away from this course with a basic understanding of diagnostic imaging options in order to better advocate for their health by making informed decisions during diagnostic and treatment planning.

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for Credit or a Letter Grade.

Jessica Klockow, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Radiology, Stanford

Jessica Klockow’s research involves the development of molecular tools that use multiple imaging modalities to investigate the physiology of brain tumors. She received a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Missouri as well as an Excellence in Graduate Teaching with Technology Award and a Breckenridge Graduate Teaching Award.

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