Key Features:

Online Limited Radiology certification course and prep

  • Learn the Course Material

    Online & self paced, students work through presentations, videos, downloadable items, quizes, and self-tests.

  • Get Instructor support

    Need help? If you get stuck, reach out to our instructors for help and support.

  • Practice for the Test

    Receive immediate progress and grades. When finished, we'll supply a Certificate of Completion.

About the Course

What is a limited radiography operator?

Our course provides a complete digital delivery of resources for those who need to operate x-ray equipment in a limited capacity. A Limited Radiographer produces routine images of the chest, extremities, spine and sometimes of the skull and/or sinuses. Learn how to use ionizing radiation for diagnosis in medical and chiropractic offices, clinics, and smaller or rural hospitals.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Welcome to the Course and Meet Your Instructors.


    • Introduction to the Course

    • Review: Introduction to the Course

    • COLORADO Specific Information

    • IOWA Specific Information

    • ALL OTHER STATES Course Documentation Forms Download

    • Section 1 Resource Material

    • About the State Exam Download

    • Section 1 Study Diagrams Download

    • Introduction to Radiography

    • Review: Introduction to Radiography

    • Section 1 Language of the X-ray World Download

    • Producing a Radiographic Image

    • Review: Producing a Radiographic Image

    • Introduction to the Equipment

    • Review: Introduction to the Equipment

    • Protection RULES

    • Tube, Bucky and Control Panel

    • Clinical Facility Survey for Download

    • Clinical Assignment 1- Survey Your Facility

    • Patient Interaction and Management

    • Self Test Section 1 - Emphasis on Patient Interaction and Management

  2. 2
    • Introduction to Section 2

    • Section 2 Resource Material

    • 2A The Tube - Producing X-Rays

    • X-ray Tube Drill and Answers Download

    • Review: 2A The Tube - Producing X-Rays

    • 2B Controlling the Beam - Producing X-Rays

    • Review: 2B Controlling the Beam - Producing X-Rays

    • Radiographic Concepts and Qualities - Flash Cards and Definitions Download for Sections 2 and 5

    • 2C Concepts of Radiographic Quality

    • Review 1: Concepts of Radiographic Quality and Flash Cards/Definitions

    • Review 2: Contrast and Flash Cards/Definitions

    • Review 3: Exposure, Contrast, Detail, Distortion and Flash Cards/Definitions

    • Review 4: Detail and Flash Cards/Definitions

    • Review 5: Distortion and Flash Cards/Definitions

    • Radiographic Concepts Drills and Answers Download

    • 2D Essentials of Technique Management

    • Review: Technique Management

    • Sample Chart and Technique Management Drills with Answers Download

    • Water Phantom Clinical Demonstrations

    • Review 1 Water Phantom Images

    • Review 2 Water Phantom Images

    • Review 3 Water Phantom Images

    • Review 4 Water Phantom Images

    • Self Test 2

  3. 3
    • Introduction to Procedures and General Positioning

    • Section 3 Resource Material

    • Joint Motions

    • Terms, Definitions, Worksheet and Answers - Download

    • Review: Joint Motions

    • Parallel Vs Perpendicular

    • Review: Parallel Perpendicular

    • Clavicle - Using Angulation

    • Review: Clavicle - Using Angulation

    • Chest Radiography

    • Chest Demonstration

    • Importance of Rolling the Scapula

    • Review: Rolling Scapula

    • Review: Chest Radiography Overview

    • Chest Radiography Errors - Common

    • Distal Upper Extremities

    • Upper Extremity Thumb Side - Anatomy

    • Review: Upper Extremity Thumb Side

    • Hand Positioning

    • Review Hand Positioning

    • Wrist Anatomy - Carpal Bones

    • Review: Wrist Anatomy - Carpal Bones

    • Forearm and Elbow Anatomy

    • Review: Forearm and Elbow

    • Elbow Positioning

    • Review: Elbow Positioning

    • Distal Lower Extremities

    • Foot Anatomy

    • Review: Foot Anatomy

    • Foot Positioning

    • Review: Foot Positioning

    • Ankle Anatomy

    • Review: Ankle Anatomy

    • Ankle Extension

    • Ankle AP and Obl

    • Review: Ankle Extension

    • Review: Ankle AP and Obl

    • Performing Procedures - Download

    • Evaluating Images Download

    • Self Test 3

    • ARRT List of Eligible Procedures, Positions and Projections 2018 Test Specs

  4. 4
    • Introduction to Section 4A Procedures Lab - Chest and Abdomen

    • Section 4 Resource Material

    • Introduction to Image Evaluation Criteria

    • Image Evaluation Criteria on Chests for Download

    • Positioning PA Chest

    • Evaluation PA Chest

    • Evaluation PA Chest Part-Ray-Receptor Misalignment

    • Evaluation PA Chest -Chest Rotation

    • Evaluation PA Chest Cross-wise Presentation

    • Evaluation PA Chest - Not Centered

    • Evaluation PA Chest - Improper IR Placement

    • Evaluation Practice PA Chest Images(s) 1

    • Evaluation Practice PA Chest Image 2

    • Evaluation Practice PA Chest Image 3

    • Evaluation Practice PA Chest Image(s) 4

    • Positioning Lateral Chest

    • Evaluation Lateral Chest

    • Evaluation Lateral Chest- Rotation

    • Evaluation Lateral Chest Anatomical Landmarks

    • Evaluation Lateral Chest Light vs Radiation Field

    • Positioning Lateral Chest - Additional Tips

    • Evaluation Practice Lateral Chest Images 1

    • Evaluation Practice Lateral Chest Image 2

    • Positioning - AP Supine Abdomen

    • Evaluation - AP Supine Abdomen with Rotation

    • Positioning - Decubitus Abdomen

  5. 5
    • Introduction to Section 4 Procedures Lab - Distal Extremities

    • Section 4 Resource Material

    • Image Evaluation Guidelines Extremities

    • Image Evaluation Criteria on Extremities for Download

    • Section 4 Procedures Worksheets and Answers Download

    • Positioning - Seating for Upper Extremity

    • Positioning - Oblique Hand and Digits

    • Evaluation Practice Distal Upper Extremity 1

    • Positioning - Wrist PA

    • Evaluation Practice Distal Upper Extremity 2

    • Positioning - Forearm AP

    • Positioning - Forearm with Lateral Elbow

    • Evaluation Practice Distal Upper Extremity 3

    • Positioning - AP Foot

    • Positioning - Lateral Foot and Ankle

    • Evaluation Practice Distal Lower Extremity 1

    • Positioning- Ankle Mortise Vs Oblique

    • Evaluation Practice Distal Lower Extremity 2

    • Evaluation Practice Distal Lower Extremity 3

    • Evaluation Practice Miscellaneous

  6. 6
    • Introduction to Section 5 Technique Management and Accessories

    • Section 5 Resource Materials

    • Technique Management continued - mA, S and mAS

    • Review: mA, S, and mAS

    • How to Work Problems - Resource

    • Technique Managment - kVp

    • Review: kVp

    • Technique Management - SID

    • Technique Management Worksheet

    • Technique Management - Intro To Accessories, Filters

    • Review - Filters

    • Controlling Scatter with Collimation

    • Light to Radiation Field Test

    • Review - Collimation and Scatter Control

    • Controlling Scatter with Grids

    • Review - Grids and Scatter Control

    • Computerized Radiography (CR) Imaging Plates

    • Review - CR Imaging Plates

    • Monitors and other Accessories

    • Review: Monitors and Accessories

    • Accessories Drills with Answers

    • Self Test 5

  7. 7
    • Digital Imaging Introduction

    • Section 6 Resource Material

    • Digital 6A Foundational Terms and Concepts

    • Digital Quiz A

    • Digital 6B Digital Terms and Concepts

    • Digital Quiz B

    • Digital 6C - The Digital Image

    • Digital Quiz C

    • Digital 6D Resolution and Range

    • Digital Quiz D

    • Digital 6E The Process

    • Digital Quiz E

    • Digital 6F Problems and Vendors

    • Digital Quiz F

    • Digital 6G Conclusions

    • Digital Quiz G

    • Digital 6H PACS

    • Digital Quiz H

    • Digital Drills

    • Self Test 6

  8. 8
    • Introduction to Section 7 - Technique Management Lab

    • LAB 1 mAS Drills

    • Section 7 Lab 2 Receptor Exposure and Contrast

    • LAB 3 Receptor Exposure SID and Other Variables

    • Water Phantom - mAS and Grid with Film and Digital

    • LAB 4 Detail and Distortion

    • LAB 5 Automatic Exposure Control

    • CTD Digital Imaging

    • Review: CTD Digital Imaging

  9. 9
    • Introduction to Section 8

    • Section 8 Resource Material

    • Proximal Upper Extremities and Ribs

    • Proximal Humerus Anatomy

    • Review: Proximal Humerus Anatomy

    • Humerus Internal/External Rotation

    • Review: Humerus Internal/External Rotation

    • Introduction to Clavicle and Sternum

    • Review: Clavicle and Sternum

    • Introduction to Scapula Anatomy

    • Review: Scapula Anatomy

    • Introduction to Rib Anatomy

    • Review: Rib Anatomy

    • Oblique Ribs and Positioning

    • Review: Oblique Ribs and Positioning

    • Proximal Lower Extremities and Pelvis

    • Knee Anatomy in Lateral Position

    • Knee Anatomy from Anterior/Posterior Positioning

    • Review: Knee Anatomy from Anterior/Posterior Positioning

    • Review: Knee Anatomy in Lateral Position

    • Demonstration of Knee Anatomy in Internal/External/Lateral Positions

    • Review: Knee Anatomy in Internal/External/Lateral Positions

    • Introduction to Hip Anatomy

    • Review: Hip Anatomy

    • Demonstration of Femoral Neck

    • Review: Demonstration of Femoral Neck

    • Demonstration Cross Table Hip

    • Review: Cross Table Hip

    • Comprehensive Review: Assessment of Anatomy and Positioning of the Chest

    • Comprehensive Review: Assessment of Anatomy and Positioning of Extremities

  10. 10
    • Introduction to Section 9

    • Section 9 Resource Material

    • Section 9 Proximal Extremities and Ribs Worksheets and Answers Download

    • Evaluate Proximal Extremites A

    • AP Knee

    • Knee Lateral

    • Evaluate Proximal Extremities B

    • Knee Obliques

    • Evaluate Proximal Extremities C

    • Evaluate Proximal Extremities D

    • Lateral Hip

  11. 11
    • IMPORTANT Information about Spine Content

    • Introduction to Section 10 - Procedures - Pelvic Girdle and Spine

    • Section 10 Resource Material

    • Spines

    • Spine Curves on Skeleton

    • Review: Spine Curves

    • Typical Vertebra Anatomy

    • Review: Typical Vertebra Anatomy

    • Cervical and Thoracic Spine Anatomy

    • Review: Cervical and Thoracic Spine Anatomy

    • Lumbar Spine Anatomy

    • Spine Diagram Download

    • Review: Lumbar Spine Anatomy

  12. 12
    • Evaluating Spines

    • Image Evaluation Tips Spines

    • Section 11 Spine Worksheets and Answers

    • Evaluating Spine A

    • Lumbar Spine AP

    • Evaluating Spine B

    • Lumbar Spine Lateral

    • Evaluating Spine C

    • Lumbar Spine Oblique

    • Evaluating Spine D

    • Evaluating Spine E

    • Evaluating Spine F

    • Cervical Spine Oblique

    • Evaluating Spine G

    • Comprehensive Review: Anatomy Positioning Test- Spine

  13. 13
    • Introduction to Section 12 - X-ray Production and the Beam

    • Section 12 Resource Material

    • The Physics of X-Ray Production

    • X-ray Facts Download

    • Section 12A X-ray Production Worksheet and Answers Download

    • The X-Ray Beam

    • Self Test 12A

    • Self Test 12B

  14. 14
    • Introduction to Section 13 - Interactions and Radiation Biology

    • Section 13 Resource Material

    • Section 13A X-rays & Matter

    • Section 13B Radiation Biology

    • Section 13 X-rays and Matter (A) and Biologic Effects (B) Worksheets and Answer

    • Self Test 13A X-rays & Matter

    • Self Test 13B Radiation Biology

  15. 15
    • Introduction to Section 14 - Risks and Regulations

    • Section 14 Resource Material

    • More Science Practice Worksheet and Answers Download

    • Reducing Radiation Risks

    • Self Test 14A - Reducing Radiation Risks

    • Regulations

    • Self Test 14B - Regulations

  16. 16
    • Core Exam 1

    • Chest and Ribs Exam

    • Extremities Exam

  17. 17
    • Spine Exam

    • Core 2 Exam

  18. 18
    • SKULL Content

    • Skull Presentation A

    • SKULL Presentation B

    • SKULL Workbook

  19. 19
    • Test Prep System and Mock Exam

    • Procedure Checklist Submit

    • Supervisor Verification and Guidelines Submit

Course Requirements

  • Bring your own device. Our course and test prep works on your desktop, laptop, tablet and even your phone!

  • Find a local supervisor to complete the hands-on requirements. Qualifications vary by state, but an ideal supervisor is an RT.


I passed!

Deanna from Colorado

“I passed! I got a 94%. I owe it all to you guys! Your material was right on! Thank you so much!”

I truly believe I passed the exams because I took your course!

Julia from Colorado

“I just wanted to let you know that I thought the course was very well organized with all the goals for each lesson explained clearly. I thought the material was right on for what I needed to know to pass the tests. You were very available for help and gave clear answers. I thought the labs and homework were invaluable for gaining skills. The videos of positioning really helped too. The Test Prep System for the exam was great. I would recommend this course to anyone and everyone wanting to pass the Limited Scope exam!!! Thank you again for all your help. I truly believe I passed the exams because I took your course! ”

100% first time pass rate

Tracy, LRT Program Director

“Our Medical Assisting Program celebrated a 100% first time pass rate using the Control the Dose Limited Radiography Course and Test Prep System in combination with onsite labs and offsite practicum rotations.”

I took my Limited Scope Exam and passed with a 92%

Nathan from Washington

“I wanted to give you an update on how I did after using your test prep system. I took my Limited Scope Exam and passed with a 92%. I definitely would encourage other students to use this system! I would encourage you to use this as a study guide and not just to remember the questions. Know the material, use this test prep system, and anyone will do great. Thanks again, Nathan, WA”

Such a great learning tool!

William from Illinois

“The Limited Radiography Course offered by Control the Dose is an excellent course of study for those wishing to become familiar with basic diagnostic x-ray procedures. I found that the course syllabus was well organized and contained very useful and informative exercises. The mix of practical exercises, textbook readings, and clinical assignments was well balanced and reinforced the objectives. The combination of syllabus, textbook, and AV content makes this course both challenging and enjoyable. It is one of the most professional, well organized, and informative courses available today. It enabled me to take and complete the ARRT Limited Radiographer certification examination and pass with a 95%. Many thanks to Control the Dose for offering such a great learning tool!”

State Requirements

You can validate your state’s requirements through your State Department of Health. To the best of our knowledge, the student who successfully complete this course can apply to take the test required by these states:

Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota,  Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.

The Course will be beneficial to anyone wishing to learn the fundamentals of radiography, but at this time, the following states have no specified requirements. They either do not offer a limited license, have no testing requirements, or specify course criteria. Alabama, Alaska, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

If your state is NOT listed above, the TEST PREP may be a helpful study tool. However, there are additional requirements which our COURSE may not meet.


  • Who is the course for?

    The Control the Dose course provides a complete digital delivery of resources for those who need to operate x-ray equipment in a limited capacity. Our typical student has a license or experience in some other allied health area and is seeking a second license or skill at the request of his/her employer.

  • What is covered in the course?

    This course provides instruction in the limited use of ionizing radiation for diagnosis in medical and chiropractic offices, clinics, and smaller or rural hospitals. A Limited Radiographer produces routine images of the chest, extremities, spine and sometimes of the skull and/or sinuses. They typically provide health care along with a physician, chiropractor, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, radiologic technologists (RT), and or other limited radiographers.

  • Do you offer group discounts?

    The purchase of a Control the Dose Limited Radiography Course permits ONE student to have an account and instructor support. For group discounts contact us @ 402-904-8672

  • Do I qualify to take this course?

    The Course provides specific instruction in the use of x-rays in performing images as described above. We assume the student is licensed, certified, and/or experienced in health care and understands the basics of providing patient care. If this doesn’t describe your background, then your employer/supervisor will need to agree to provide that knowledge and those skills.

  • Who can be my supervisor?

    The qualifications for the supervisor vary by state. Typically the supervisor is a fully certified radiographer, R.T., a physician or chiropractor. Some states permit a physician assistant or a licensed limited radiographer to supervise as well.

  • Will I be considered proficient after taking this course and passing the exam?

    A Limited Radiographer must work towards increasing proficiency with every procedure and, in many states, participate in continuing education.