Over the past year I’ve thrown around the idea of videoing parts of my lectures and experiments I’ve created and turning it into a DVD. 2 months ago I got serious about it and wrote up almost 25 different “lessons”. I then rented the camera equipment from the local cable access media department (some of these lessons will actually go on our local cable channel), hired my student Ashly who was on winter break and spent 16 hours at the hospital shooting in the conference and x-ray rooms. Then I had to buy some editing software, have my nephew Riley write and play the music for the opening sequence, edit it all up, get a real production guy to put all of my tracks together into a DVD format and finalize the artwork for the front, back and inside covers and sent it on a DVD duplication house in Los Angeles.
I will confess that my acting and editing skills will not be considered for an Oscar nod, but the content is something of which I am extremely proud of (so perhaps I still have a chance at best original screenplay). The finished DVD is 3 hours and 20 minutes in length and includes 24 lessons which range from 2 to 17 minutes each. It was created with educators and students in mind, but now that I’ve completed it I realize it’s perfect for any radiographer who is interested in the latest information in our field.
Close to half of the lessons are labs and experiments that can be done at school or in your clinical facility (anywhere with live x-ray). Many of them pertain to dose and scatter radiation to the patient and the radiographer. In addition, there is one special lesson especially for students (Chapter 24 – How a student makes a personal technique/positioning book).
The other lessons are lecture style where I explain many of the misconceptions about digital radiography such as the proper way to critique a digital image compared to film, using the Exposure Index numbers on older and newer CR and DR systems and the new higher kV/lower mAs techniques.
When you have a moment please check it all out on the homepage. When you click on it you’ll be able to see all of the different lesson titles.