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

In April of 2011 I met up with an old colleague of mine, Quinn Carroll, whom I hadn't seen in many years. The reason he seemed to have vanished was he had retired from teaching and had just written 2 books. One was a physics textbook called "Radiography in the Digital Age" and the other was "Adaptive Radiography with Trauma, Image Critique and Critical Thinking".

He was finished with the physics book, but had been told by the publisher that for the Adaptive Radiography book he needed at least 25% more information. As fate would have it, I met him a week after he got this news and he immediately asked if I wanted to coauthor the book with him. Needless to say I did, and for the next year we wrote, reviewed and finally finished writing our book.

For years I have given a talk called "100+ Positioning Tricks of the Trade" that has every tip I know from my 35 years of being a radiographer. Almost all of them are in our book.

We wrote this book not only for students, but also every radiographer. I know it will be a wonderful addition to every department as a wonderful reference book. Our goal with all of the positioning views and concepts was this: If it's in Bontrager or Merrill's, it won't be in our book because it's not adaptive radiography, it's just standard radiography. Our book will be for all the patient's who are unable to perform the usual positions because of trauma or sickness and you need to think outside the box.

The textbook was released on May 2, 2013. It was co-written by Quinn Carroll and Dennis Bowman and is being published by Delmar/Cengage Learning.

Subject Matter

Adaptive Radiography: Trauma, Image Critique and Critical Thinking is a textbook intended for everyone in the radiology field, including students, radiographers and educators. The radiographic positioning textbooks used in all schools and departments only discuss the average patient under near ideal conditions. In the real world, especially in hospital settings, these positions and projections are often impossible to perform. The purpose of this book is to cover all the strategies, ideas and "tricks of the trade" that can be employed when the usual way to do something is impossible. The first chapter covers the basic paradigms and rules of radiology and discusses which actually work and which don't. The next few chapters are about adapting beam angles, beam divergence, expansion of the light field and spacial relations in positioning. Other chapters cover a vast array of tips and tricks for trauma and portable radiography and positioning that has changed with the advent of digital radiography. There also is an entire chapter dedicated to routine and trauma skull positioning. Every chapter also has real life situation critical thinking questions and challenges.

Features & Benefits

  • There is no other book on the market with these kind of positioning tips and tricks.

  • All positioning books are focused on average sized patients who can easily move, where ours deals with all kinds of patients in many different scenarios.

  • Some radiographers can eyeball how much they need to angle their tube to create an oblique if the patient is unable to move, but most do not know that there is an actual scientific method to this that works every time.

  • This same methodology also works with caudad and cephalad angles.

  • The critical thinking sections in each chapter really get the reader to think as if they were in a real life situation and how they would need to change the usual way they do things.

Cover of Book

Adaptive Radiography

with Trauma, Image Critique

and Critical Thinking

This textbook will be available in early February, 2013.  It was co-written by Quinn Carroll and Myself and is being published by Delmar/Cengage Learning.

book cover