Higher Education

Adaptive Radiography with Trauma, Image Critique and Critical Thinking, 1st Edition

  • Quinn Carroll Midland College Radiography Program, Midland, TX (Retired)
  • Dennis Bowman Cabrillo College Radiologic Technology Program , Aptos, CA
  • ISBN-10: 1111541205  |  ISBN-13: 9781111541200
  • 576 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $75.00



ADAPTIVE RADIOGRAPHY WITH TRAUMA, IMAGE CRITIQUE, AND CRITICAL THINKING, 1st Edition gives a fresh perspective on radiographic positioning and critiquing in the real world. Unlike most radiography books, which approach topics in terms of the average patient under near ideal conditions, this text offers strategies and helpful tricks of the trade to employ when “the usual” does not apply. Based on developing adaptive thinking skills, the book shows readers how to consider the paradigms and rules of radiology, examining and quantifying those that work while challenging those that don’t. Thorough discussions on adapting beam angles, beam divergence, expansion of the light field, and spacial relations in positioning deliver the foundations of radiography and introduce quantifiable, repeatable methods. ADAPTIVE RADIOGRAPHY WITH TRAUMA, IMAGE CRITIQUE, AND CRITICAL THINKING, 1st Edition also addresses trauma and mobile radiography and positioning, changes brought about by the advent of digital radiography, routine and trauma skull positioning, and much more. Real-life case studies and critical thinking questions apply methods to a variety of issues and clinical settings, developing problem-solving skills for success in any radiographic field.

Features and Benefits

  • Unique Perspective: Provides strategies, tips, and tricks that can be applied in real world situations where variables such as patient type and level and type of trauma make implementing basic imaging principles impossible.
  • Quantifiable Methods: Establishes a universal rule for quantifying the degree of off-angling, off-rotation, tilt, abduction, adduction, improper flexion and extension in radiographic positions. The book’s method is applied to both positioning corrections and image critique.
  • Foundational Principles: Addresses the criteria for what makes a good positioning rule, a good centering rule, constitutes good anatomy to observe in critiquing radiographs..
  • Helpful Give-and-Take: Presents centering rule alternatives, ways to prioritize adaptations due to trauma, and discussions on body part movements and their reciprocal effects on CR angles and centering.
  • Critical Thinking Practice: Includes elements of critical thinking, theoretical information, and prepares readers for how they might need to change their usual way of doing things in a real-life situation. “Critical Thinking Challenges” and “Case Studies” are presented throughout the book to help encourage real-world critical thinking.

Table of Contents

1. Foundational Principles.
2. Adapting Centering for Beam Angles.
3. Adapting for Light Field Expansion.
4. Adapting for Beam Divergence.
5. Spatial Relations in Positioning.
6. Adapting Positions for Direct-Capture Digital (DR) Equipment.
7. Great Tips for Trauma and Mobile Radiography.
8. Specific Trauma Positions.
9. Adapting Skull Positions: Routine and Trauma.
10. Simplified Centering and Tips for Routine Positions.
11. Determining Exact Corrections from Image Evaluation.
12. Specific Corrections from Image Evaluation.
13. Helpful Rules for Adapting Technique.
14. Elements of Critical Thinking: Clinical Application.

Efficacy and Outcomes


If this manuscript is accepted by the radiology community and it's associated agencies (i.e. ASRT, JRCERT, and ARRT) it could revolutionize radiographic positioning! The author offers very practical advice on obtaining quality images with limited repeats. These are the tricks from the seasoned techs!

— Terri Crutcher, R.T.R (C), B.A.

This text provides effective broad application guidelines for successful imaging in routine and trauma situations. This is a good read for the new graduate as well as seasoned technologists who want to refresh their general radiographic positioning and critical thinking skills. Case studies presented provide real life situations for the application of the practical tips provided.

— Brenda Cliff M.R.T.(R) B.Tech

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Quinn Carroll

After 32 years as a radiography program director, Quinn B. Carroll recently took his retirement from Midland College in Texas as an assistant professor to write full time. Quinn has published three textbooks, workbooks and a number of journal articles. His newest publication is Radiography in the Digital Age, released in 2011 along with several instructional ancillaries. Quinn has presented over 120 seminars in Canada and the USA, and many dozens of presentations for state societies and the ASRT. Quinn received his Master of Education degree from the University of Wyoming and his BS degree from the University of Utah, where he also obtained his radiography training at the University Medical Center. He is a dynamic, fun speaker and very excited to be part of meeting the challenge to embrace digital technology head on.

Dennis Bowman

Dennis Bowman RT(R), CRT(R)(F) has been an active radiographer for over 35 years. He has been employed as a Staff Technologist at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) in Monterey, California since 1990 and was the Clinical Instructor until 2014. With a digital dosimeter and a vast array of body phantoms, Dennis has put in hundreds of hours researching and studying digital techniques. In addition to the weekly classes he gives his students, Dennis has travelled internationally lecturing on how best to use and critique digital radiography. Because Dennis still is a “shooting tech” and CI, he truly understands all the problems techs run into and has figured out a fun and lighthearted way to explain it.