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Principles of Radiographic Positioning and Procedures Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition

  • Richard Carlton
  • Joanne S. Greathouse
  • Arlene M. Adler
  • ISBN-10: 111164330X
  • ISBN-13: 9781111643300
  • 433 Pages | Spiralbound
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 1999
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

Now in its third edition, PRINCIPLES OF RADIOGRAPHIC POSITIONING AND PROCEDURES POCKET GUIDE gives radiography professionals a handy resource for use on the go. Pocket-sized and comprehensive, the book's quick reference sections for positioning procedures and radiation protection standards puts critical details within reach while working with patients. Other helpful features include a space for recording technical exposure factors, the practical technique system guide, descriptions of basic procedural details, typical technical considerations, and appropriate modifications for 165 common procedures.


  • Fast Information: Reader-friendly and organized for quick retrieval, PRINCIPLES OF RADIOGRAPHIC POSITIONING AND PROCEDURES POCKET GUIDE, 3e gives readers the critical information they need when time is of the essence.

  • Clear Presentation. Information on positioning for every part of the body, as well as special procedures for traumatic injury, give readers critical details to ensure solid patient care alongside readable images.

  • Coordinated Content. Designed to accompany the full PRINCIPALS OF RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING, 5e text, this handy pocket guide follows the required radiographic curriculum in all areas.

  • Essential Scope: Content addresses state-of-the art positioning processes and techniques in radiographic imaging, including exposure factors, improving image quality, reducing patient exposure to ionizing radiation, and much more!


"This pocket guide offers some great features that any student or seasoned technologists could use."
— Patricia Fair Wynne, Central Georgia Technical College

About the Author

Richard Carlton

Richard Carlton is Director and Associate Professor of Radiologic and Imaging Sciences at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His teaching career spans more than thirty years, during which time he founded Lambda Nu, the national honor society for radiologic and imaging sciences. Mr. Carlton is a past president of A.E.I.R.S., a J.R.C.E.R.T. site visitor, the author of twenty books, the founder of two professional journals, and a sought-after presenter for conferences. He earned an M.S. from National Louis University, a B.S. from The Chicago Medical School, and an A.A.S. from Illinois Central College. He is A.R.R.T. certified in C.V. and radiography.

Joanne S. Greathouse

Joanne S. Greathouse, now retired, was a program director for radiography, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy programs at both the certificate and degreed levels. She also served as CEO of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The author of textbooks and other published works, Ms. Greathouse has presented to many organizations. She earned her certificate in radiologic technology from Methodist Hospital of Central Illinois, a baccalaureate degree from Carthage College, a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a certificate of advanced graduate study from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and an Educational Specialist degree from The College of William and Mary.

Arlene M. Adler

Arlene Adler served four decades as a Professor in the Radiologic Sciences Programs at Indiana University Northwest. Now Professor Emerita, Ms. Adler authored several articles and textbooks on the radiologic sciences during her career. A member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and Fellow of the Association of Educators in Radiologic Sciences (A.E.I.R.S.), she earned her B.S. in Radiologic Sciences from the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School and an M.S. in Education from the University of Illinois.

Table of Contents

1. Radiography of the Chest.
2. Radiography of the Abdomen.
3. Radiography of the Upper Limb and Shoulder Girdle.
4. Radiography of the Lower Limb and Pelvis.
5. Radiography of the Ribs and Sternum.
6. Radiography of the Cervical Spine.
7. Radiography of the Thoracic Spine.
8. Radiography of the Lumbar Spine, Sacrum, and Coccyx.
9. Trauma Spine Positioning.
10. Radiography of the Skull and Facial Bones.
11. Trauma Head Positioning.
12. Radiography of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract.
13. Radiography of the Lower Gastrointestinal Tract.

New to this edition

  • Modern Processes. New icons and digital-specific language replace descriptions of outgoing imaging processes and techniques with digital imaging updates.
  • Digital Precision. A focus on digital imaging and radiology informatics, or PACS systems, brings this pocket guide into the modern age of radiography.
  • Customizable Ancillaries. Instructors can modify the coordinating PowerPoint® slides and test bank questions to work with any syllabus.
  • New Highlights. Added informational features point out important topics, key words, and other highlights throughout the book.