Radiologic Technology, Radiological Sciences
Radiologic technologists operate the radiographic equipment to produce images. This involves explaining procedures to reassure the patient and obtain cooperation, positioning the patient on the examining table, and adjusting immobilization devices to obtain optimum views of specific body areas. The technologist moves the imaging equipment into position and adjusts equipment controls to set exposure based on knowledge of the procedure and on established guidelines. To prevent unnecessary radiation exposure during some procedures, a technologist uses radiation protective devices, such as lead shields, and limits the size of the x-ray beam. The technologist may also operate mobile x-ray equipment to obtain images in the emergency room, operating room, or at the patient's bedside. Technologists assist radiologists in the use of general radiology, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound (US). Radiologic technologists should not be confused with "Radiologists". Radiologists are actually physicians with specialized training in medical imaging and usually receive assistance from Radiologic Technologists.
Radiologic Technologist Education and Credentials
Usually, a technologist has undergone two years of formal training or two - four years in an academic environment, leading to a certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree. A
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredited program is highly recommended. Graduates of a JRCERT accredited program will have the proper training and education to sit for the national AART Certification Exam. After completing the educational preparation standards, complying with ethics standards, and passing the certification exam, candidates can register with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certification and registration are important credentials when pursuing employment opportunities.
Radiologic Technologist Career Outlook
Employment of radiologic technologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of MRI technologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. With age comes increased incidence of illness and injury, which often requires diagnostic imaging for diagnosis. In addition to diagnosis, diagnostic imaging is used to monitor the progress of disease treatment. With the increasing success of medical technologies in treating disease, diagnostic imaging will increasingly be needed to monitor progress of treatment.
In addition to job growth, job openings also will arise from the need to replace technologists who leave the occupation. Those with knowledge of more than one diagnostic imaging procedure—such as CT, MR, and mammography—will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees.
Radiologic Technologist Salary Potential
According to the US BLS, radiologic and MRI technologists earned a median salary of $58,120 in 2015. In May 2015, the median annual wages for radiologic technologists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
|Hospitals; state, local, and private
|Outpatient care centers
|Medical and diagnostic laboratories
|Offices of physicians
The Radiologic Technology programs listed on this site are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
| Pima Medical Institute Online
Radiography (Advanced Placement Track) - AOS
Courses in the Radiography Advanced Placement Track AOS Degree program include:
The Advanced Placement Track Radiography program at Pima Medical Institute is ABHES accredited and is delivered via online classes using an Internet-based interactive learning management system. As a student of the program, you will be presented with information in anatomy and physiology, methods of patient care, medical terminology, radiographic techniques and communication. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. The program is created for students who possess prior radiography education.
- Radiographic Biology
- Principles of Exposure
- Advanced Radiographic Imaging & Special Procedures
- Clinical Externship
Radiologic Sciences - BS
Courses in the Radiologic Sciences BS Degree program include:
The ABHES accredited Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) degree is intended for radiology professionals seeking a bachelor degree completion program. The program prepares graduates for employment responsibilities where knowledge and skills beyond those typically attained at the associate degree level are required or preferred, with emphasis on developing professional leadership skills, acquiring advanced knowledge of health care systems, and application of critical thinking. The general education within the program gives students the opportunity to explore and integrate information beyond the specific focus of their major and to build a foundation for life-long learning. The program is based upon the core curriculum guidelines of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
- Health Care Law & Compliance
- Advanced Modalities
- Healthcare Management
- Advanced Patient Assessment & Treatment
- Sectional Anatomy
- Quality Management