ICVT1422 Cardiovascular Instrumentation

Course Description

This course is intended to fulfill course requirements for the Cardiovascular Technology program. Cardiovascular Instrumentation is a study of concepts that serve as the foundation for the cardiovascular technology field. This course covers in detail biological effects of radiation, radiation safety, x-ray tubes and image intensifiers. Students explore benefits, risks, and indications of physiologic monitoring. Learners will be able to identify parts and address the function of the physiologic monitoring transducer.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Define selected terms related to the cardiac field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic electricity and electrical safety.
  • Describe the function and parts of the fluid filled physiologic monitoring transducer system.
  • Identify the parts and function of the Wheatstone bridge, from the diagram given.
  • Differentiate between physics principles of positive/negative hydrostatic pressure head.
  • Identify the various parts of a cathode ray tube from the diagram given.
  • Describe the function and identify the various parts of the x-ray tube.
  • Describe the function and identify the various parts of the image intensifier.
  • Describe the origin of scatter radiation and methods used to control scatter radiation.
  • List the biological effects of radiation exposure and techniques for reducing radiation exposure.
  • Comprehend benefits monitoring arterial pressure, central venous pressure (CVP), and pulmonary artery pressure are beneficial.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other