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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2023
Units: 2.5
Hours: 30 lecture, 10 laboratory per quarter (40 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: This course is limited to students admitted to the Nondestructive Testing Technician Apprenticeship Program.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable


In this course students will learn the advanced radiographic techniques of computed radiography and digital radiography.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Understand the principles of digital and computed radiography
  2. Understand abbreviations and Greek symbols used
  3. Select appropriate equipment
  4. Know how to apply technique to code and standards

Course Content

  1. Module 1: Carestream digital radiography course description
  2. Module 2: Common abbreviations for digital imaging
  3. Module 3: Greek symbols
  4. Module 4: Flexible storage phosphor plate vs. film-based technology for erosion/corrosion profiling
  5. Module 5: Myths vs. reality in computed radiography image quality
  6. Module 6: Qualification of a computed radiography system's exposure range for optimum image quality
  7. Module 7: Automated and quantitative method for quality assurance of digital radiography imaging systems
  8. Module 8: Computed radiography
    1. Phosphor plates
    2. Film vs. CR
    3. Limitations of CR
  9. Module 9: Digital radiography
    1. Flat panel detectors
    2. Image enhancement tools

Lab Content

  1. Technique selection
  2. Penetrameter requirements
  3. Location marker and IQI placement
  4. Identification of defects
  5. Interpretation
  6. Accept/Reject

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. CR film scanner, interpretation software, CR film, DR panels.
2. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and hardware; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Results of a written test
Results of practical test

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

Hands-on training

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Handouts and equipment manuals provided by instructor.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

  1. Reading of in-class handouts
  2. Reading of in-class manuals


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