1) As students enter the room, pass back their homework
from the Detection Detective lesson.
2) Tell students that they will be using these worksheets
to help them be a technician in an important medical
3) Play the segment of the video and have them take
notes about what is happening.
4) Give the students an opportunity to voice questions
that the segment brought up, and have them discuss
these questions as a group.
5) Play the segment one more time.
6) Students must then use their worksheets to help
them write a recommendation for imaging methods
to help with
diagnosis. They may decide on more than one
method, but must back up their decision with
why that method
would be helpful to determine what is wrong
with the patient. Creativity is encouraged where
7) Students must also identify questions that
they have regarding their recommendations.
Do they need
How would they get this information?
8) As a group, students will decide what
the next step should be for the patient
an interested student) will act as a secretary,
writing ideas on the board. This should
take no more than
15 minutes. Begin by having students identify
principles they considered in making their
recommendation and why. **this is a very
9) If a consensus is reached, and especially if not, have students generate further
like the answers to. These can be either
for the patients or general questions
also be recorded on the board.
10) Students will then watch what the
doctors did in the ensuing segment.
As a group, students will spend 5-10 minutes discussing
with those in
the television series and reasons
why it may have been different.
Encourage students to think outside
box- are some methods more expensive?
that were not considered in the classroom?
think that they are right or that
the doctors on the show are
Have students close by writing a response to the activity
Some of the
writing can be assigned as homework, as also can be the more
detailed descriptions. You can also give the students a second
segment of the show and have them identify all the imaging
techniques/physical principles they see used.
There are ample opportunities to extend this activity, either by adding new
segments, or following the diagnosis of one patient. Use your discretion
to maximize the time use.