The Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Profession

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Radiography

Radiographers, also known as Radiologic Technologist, are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to perform x-ray procedures to assist in diagnosing and treating medical conditions. The responsibilities of a radiographer can include performing radiation safety and quality control procedures; preparing and administering contrast media; operating imaging equipment; positioning patients for procedures; evaluating radiographs for diagnostic quality; providing basic patient care; and preparing data for physician interpretation.

In order to become a radiographer, you must complete an accredited radiography program with a minimum of an Associate degree. Radiography programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or regional accrediting agencies. Graduates of accredited radiography programs take the national certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Individuals who pass this examination use the title "Registered Technologist in Radiography." This title is abbreviated R.T.(R).

Job opportunities for radiographers are available in a wide variety of settings. Positions can be found in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, physician's offices and emergency centers. In addition, jobs in commercial sales and equipment applications, education, management and research are also possible. Salaries vary depending on the job setting and geographic location. In Indiana, average salaries for new radiography graduates range from $17.00 to $22.00 per hour or $35,360 to $45,760 annually.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapists are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to use radiation to assist in treating cancer and other medical conditions. The responsibilities of a radiation therapist can include performing radiation safety and quality control procedures; preparing immobilization devices; operating equipment; positioning patients for procedures; providing basic patient care; and preparing data for physician interpretation.

In order to become a radiation therapist, you must complete an accredited radiation therapy program with a minimum of an Associate degree. Radiation Therapy programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or regional accrediting agencies. Graduates of accredited radiation therapy programs take the national certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Individuals who pass this examination use the title "Registered Technologist in Radiation Therapy." This title is abbreviated R.T.(T).

Radiation therapists can find employment in most medium to large hospital settings and free standing radiation oncology facilities. In addition, jobs in commercial sales and equipment applications, education, management and research are also possible. Salaries vary depending on the job setting and geographic location. In Indiana, average salaries for new graduates range from $23.00 to $28.00 per hour or $47,840 to $58,240 annually.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine technologists are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to use radioactive materials to assist in diagnosing and treating medical conditions. The responsibilities of a nuclear medicine technologist can include performing radiation safety and quality control procedures; preparing and administering radiopharmaceuticals; operating imaging equipment; positioning patients for procedures; evaluating images for diagnostic quality; providing basic patient care; and preparing data for physician interpretation. Procedures can also be performed on specimens from the patient such as blood or urine.

In order to become a nuclear medicine technologist, you must complete an accredited nuclear medicine technology program with a minimum of an Associate degree. Nuclear medicine technology programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) or regional accrediting agencies. Graduates of accredited nuclear medicine technology programs take the national certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB). Individuals who pass these examinations use the title "Registered Technologist in Nuclear Medicine" or “Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist.” These titles are abbreviated R.T.(N). and C.N.M.T.

Nuclear medicine technologists can find employment in both large and small hospital settings, outpatient clinics, imaging centers and physician's offices. In addition, jobs in commercial sales and equipment applications, education, management and research are also possible. In Indiana, average salaries for new graduates range from $17.00 to $22.00 per hour or $35,360 to $45,760 annually. Refer to the following websites for further career information.

Other Imaging Modalities

Opportunities exist for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals to obtain additional education and credentials in other modalities such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular interventional technology, computed tomography, imaging informatics, magnetic resonance, mammography, medical dosimetry, quality management and sonography.

 

Refer to the following websites for further career information.

  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, arrt.org
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology, astro.org
  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists, asrt.org
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov
  • Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists, isort.org
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, jrcert.org
  • Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, nmtcb.org
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, nmtcb.org