Brain Cysticercosis is the topic of choice to compare CT and MRI.
The Sectional Anatomy Assignment is a short PowerPoint demonstration of knowledge. The purpose of this assignment is to enforce the appearance of anatomy as compared to pathological changes detected on different sectional imaging modalities (CT and MRI).
Students must use at least 3 – 5 current sources of information about this anatomy. The sources must be less than five years old. Students may use textbooks, scholarly journal articles (Radiographics is a great source). Or other scholarly sources for information about the anatomy (including electronic sources). These articles can be retrieved electronically from databases such as CINAHL. Which is available through online connection to the Moffett Library.
Students should use only credible medical websites such as eMedicine.com. NO CUT AND PASTE of text information from websites. Wikipedia is convenient for casual use, but it is NOT a reliable source for this report because it is “open source.” This means that anyone can modify the content on the website so you might be using information from the website that is not current or accurate.
Students must identify the reliable sources they used to create the assignment using appropriate APA format for the reference page. You do not need to include in-text citations. For help with APA formatting for the reference page, students should review the 6th edition of the APA Manual and other resources such as The OWL at Purdue website. This is a quick reference and not as detailed as the writing manual.
The assignment must be submitted in a legible font (e.g. Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman is acceptable – Courier, Verbena, or other “fancy” fonts are not acceptable)
You must give credit for images you obtain. You can either include the url under each image, or you can include an in-text citation and provide a reference in the reference slide (these do not count as part of your required 3-5 references).
HIPAA requirement: Do not place ANY patient name or identification on your assignments. Any proper name that appears on an assignment, other than the student’s, will be considered a HIPAA violation and the assignment grade may be dropped to as low as a zero, depending on the severity of the violation.
For this assignment, the intended reader is a staff radiographer. Students should prepare this assignment based on what the typical staff radiographer already knows. For example, students do NOT need to explain how x-rays were discovered or how they are produced to support that a CT chest with contrast is the most valuable study to see the thoracic aorta.
Organization, flow, and grammar count as part of the assignment grade. The assignment MUST address all criteria listed and in the order given below. DO NOT include any more slides than what are listed for this assignment (points may be deducted for an inappropriate number of slides). You are to extrapolate information and properly summarize it. Slides must be written at a baccalaureate level.
Even though you must follow the set guidelines for each slide that are described in the submission format below, you can make this presentation as simple or as interactive as you want. You may include a voice over presentation if you are so inclined, but it is not required. You may add a background if you have a creative flair, but please be sure it is nothing distracting. It must be readable for anyone with color blindness, and must be professional. Your text should remain black. If you have a dark background use white. If you are unsure of what is appropriate either stick with the usual PowerPoint background, or do not include one.
The assignment must contain and be limited to the following slides:
Slide 1: A title that includes:
- The name of the pathology
- The name of the student
- University affiliation
- Course number and section
- Instructor’s name
Slide 2: Identify the pathology and give a brief description of important information regarding the pathology.
Slide 3: Diagnostic procedures. Briefly explain the steps needed to produce an image in both modalities. This should include items such as patient position, contrast used. And how much, region of interest, any specific protocols (slice thickness, pitch, weighted imaging, MR protocols, etc). Do not go into a lengthy discussion. You do not need to say remove all jewelry. Articles of clothing and so forth.
Slide 4: CT imaging comparison. Show a CT image of a “normal” section of your chosen anatomy. And compare it to an “abnormal” CT image demonstrating the same anatomy including your chosen pathology. Using labels identify all pertinent anatomical structures in both images. Do not use images which are already labeled or copied and pasted with the labels already attached from the internet. There should label at least five (5) anatomical parts on both images. Do not forget to identify the pathology. Make sure both images are CT images.
*Note: Make sure these are CT images. Not all images found on the internet are accurately labeled. If you are unsure, refer to your textbook or ask your professor.
Slide 5: MRI imaging comparison. Show an MRI image of a “normal” section of your chosen anatomy. And compare it to an “abnormal” MRI image demonstrating the same anatomy including your chosen pathology. Using labels identify all pertinent anatomical structures in both images. Do not use images which are already labeled or copied. And pasted with the labels already attached from the internet. There should label at least five (5) anatomical parts on both images. Do not forget to identify the pathology. Make sure both images are MRI images.
*Note: Make sure these are MRI images. Not all images found on the internet are accurately labeled. If you are unsure, refer to your textbook or ask your professor.
Slide 6: Conclusion. Determine from your research. The best modality that would aid the radiologist/physician in terms of diagnosis and treatment and why.