What is the scope of the seminar?
State law requires that individuals using ionizing radiation have a certain core of knowledge about x-ray technology and radiation safety. Material presented in this class allows an excellent understanding of the factors necessary to create a good quality x-ray image in a safe manner. Also included is instruction in quality critique, patient management and all required legal issues related to the use of x-ray. Please see complete IRT Syllabus (PDF).
Classroom academic material is supplemented by required homework assignments designed to familiarize the student with the equipment in their own office and to provide practice in patient positioning. Patient positioning is demonstrated for spine, extremities, and chest, and students are required to practice in their own offices what is demonstrated in the classroom. Therefore, students must have access to x-ray equipment, and they must do their homework assignments!
Who is this course designed for?
Anyone who wants to take x-rays in a chiropractic office or a private medical practice. This course is useful for a technician working in a private healthcare office who needs to know how
to take skeletal and chest x-rays that are of good quality and that are produced in a safe manner. It also provides excellent review of x-ray technology for anyone who needs to improve their x-ray quality. Personnel from
any health care specialty may attend.
My office uses a digital x-ray system. Is this class relevant for me?
Absolutely! Digital — both DR (no cassette) and CR (digital cassettes) — as well as film technology are covered in this class. In addition, whether you collect images on film or via digital detectors, there is a core of common information that needs to be learned. Understanding x-ray energy, exposure calculation, quality critique, radiation safety, and patient positioning apply to both film and digital technology.
Do I need any previous experience to take this course?
No. The course is designed to start from the beginning so that a newcomer can learn the necessary material.
Is this course appropriate for experienced x-ray techs?
Yes. Experienced techs are universally surprised at
what they learn by attending. Many limited x-ray techs function by rote and do not really understand how to
control film quality. No one is bored in this class!
How long is the course?
48 hours, held over three weekends.
Why is this course 48 hours in length?
In 1991 the Washington state Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission (CQAC,
the chiropractic licensing board) enacted a 48-hour training requirement for chiropractic x-ray technicians.
The development of seminars to provide training for chiropractic x-ray
technicians was necessary to meet the terms of Washington state CQAC law. The 48-hour classes that were developed to provide this required training are the only available source of a condensed course in x-ray technology, short of a full 2-3 year college program.
Is this a "chiropractic" course?
No, not specifically. X-ray is generic to all of health care, and the course is taught to cover the x-ray needs of all
specialties. All necessary material for chiropractic x-ray technicians is covered, however, including upright patient positioning.
Is it realistic to think that enough can be learned in 48 hours?
The course covers plain film x-ray technology for the skeleton and chest. Other states would term this a "limited
permit." The course has been taught by Dr. Vlasuk for many years and is tightly-packed, highly refined, and covers
just the material needed in practical usage. It is amazing what can be learned in just 48 hours if those 48 hours are
done well, as they are in Dr. Vlasuk’s seminars.
Classroom academic material is supplemented by required homework assignments
designed to familiarize the student with their equipment and to provide practice in patient positioning.
Students must have access to x-ray equipment, and they must do their homework assignments!
What are the WA state requirements for x-ray techs?
In 1991 the Washington Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission (CQAC, the
chiropractic licensing board) enacted a 48-hour training requirement for chiropractic x-ray technicians. Chiropractic
x-ray technicians must complete the entire 48 hours of classroom training and pass a test given at the end of the class.
Washington state law does not currently specify any educational requirements for
limited x-ray technicians who work in medical, osteopathic, naturopathic, and podiatric practices.
Hospitals, radiology labs, and some larger group practices require that their
x-ray personnel be fully-trained radiologic technologists (minimum 2-3
year college training program) and ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) certified. This is done as a job
requirement (and often for accreditation purposes), but not because state law requires it.
Can I use this training to work in a chiropractic office in WA state?
Can I use this training to work in a private medical or osteopathic office in WA state?
Can I use this training to work in a hospital in WA state?
Probably not in most cases. (See above answer on state requirements for x-ray techs.)
What else do I need to do to start taking x-rays? (WA state)
Complete all course homework assignments which are designed for equipment orientation and practice in patient positioning!
This course provides the necessary 48 hours of classroom training in x-ray
technology and safety. A certificate of attendance is provided for the actual number of hours attended.
X-ray technicians from all health care specialties need to complete training
on the topic of HIV / AIDS before they can begin to take x-rays. This
is a separate WA state requirement offered by independent agencies and is
not a part of this course.
Chiropractic personnel need to be certain to attend all 48 hours and must take and
pass an examination given at the end of the class.
Chiropractic personnel need to submit an application to the WA Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission, after
they have their certificate of 48 hours of instruction, their successful test score, and their separate HIV training.
Personnel from fields other than chiropractic need to register with the WA Department of Health.
What am I called when I finish the course and complete my registration process?
(The term “radiology technologist” is reserved for individuals who complete
a 2-3 year college training program in radiologic technology and are ARRT certified.)
Do these IRT hours count for chiropractic x-ray technician CE credit in WA?
Yes. Chiropractic x-ray technicians can use any 6 out of the 48 hours for
their required continuing education credit; however, Dr. Vlasuk also
offers separate 6-hour x-ray CE courses twice
each year that are designed for more advanced training.
Experienced x-ray techs from all specialties, as well as doctors, are welcome to
attend these 6-hour x-ray CE courses, but they are not designed for the beginning student.
Do these IRT hours count for DC re-licensure CE credit in WA?
Yes. So do the 6-hour x-ray CE courses; however, Dr. Vlasuk also offers
separate 12-hour courses specifically designed for doctors.
All of these seminars are automatically approved for Washington and Oregon.
All of these seminars are applied for and approved each year for Alaska.
Do these IRT hours count for AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) re-certification?
Yes. So do the 6-hour x-ray CE courses.
I can’t attend the next seminar. When will it be held again?
This course is offered every January, May, and September. Dates are announced a year in advance and are listed on this website.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for the course?
While these courses are designed for beginners, it helps reduce the burden of learning a large amount of new material in the short period of 48 hours
if a prospective student first reviews skeletal anatomy, familiarizes himself/herself with the x-ray equipment in the office, and observes
x-rays being taken in the office. This is not an absolute prerequisite, but it just makes it easier on the student.