What is the difference in a technologist and a technician?
Radiologic technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care.
Technicians are taught basic anatomy and positioning and are not qualified to sit for the national certification examination.
What is the difference in radiology and x-ray?
X-rays are a type of radiation that are created using large amounts of electricity. X-rays are used in medical imaging much like a camera uses visible light to create an image. X-rays pass through the body and create an image on film based on how many x-rays get absorbed and how many pass through. These films are commonly referred to as “x-rays,” but x-rays are actually the type of radiation that is used to produce the image.
Radiology is the study of how to use x-ray correctly without harm to the patient or oneself. The term X-ray is commonly used in the radiology field, and is often now referred to as imaging because of the many different ways images are produced.
What career options do I have after Radiography?
Career opportunities are excellent in all areas of radiologic technology. Technologists may specialize in a specific imaging technique, such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, quality management, sonography or general radiography, radiation therapy or medical dosimetry.
Will I be exposed to radiation?
You will be taught how to use radiation to obtain images, but you will never be in the direct beam of the x-ray. One of the key classes in the program is Radiation Protection and Biology, where you learn how and why the beam is focused. A popular and useful website to obtain more information on the risk of radiation is www.xrayrisk.com
Is the program accredited?
Yes. The Radiography Program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Graduates are eligible to sit for The Registry Examination in Radiography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.