Radiography is a challenging medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis of disease by various imaging methods such as conventional x-ray, fluoroscopy, computerized tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging.
Radiographers use radiation equipment to produce images of tissues, organs, bones and vessels of the body, as prescribed by physicians, to assist in the diagnosis of diseases or injury. Radiographers strive to provide quality patient care and are particularly concerned with limiting radiation exposure to patients, themselves, and others. Radiographers use problem-solving and critical thinking skills to perform medical imaging procedures by adapting variable technical parameters of the procedure to the condition of the patient.Work Settings
Radiologic Technologists held about 162,000 jobs in the United States last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than half of the technologists worked in hospitals. Most of the rest are in physicians' offices and clinics, including diagnostic imaging centers. With experience and additional training, radiographers may become specialists, performing CT scanning, angiography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Experienced technologists may also be promoted to supervisor or chief radiologic technologist.Continuing Education
Radiographers are required to complete continuing education course work to remain in the field. They may also elect to further their training to become specialists in order to advance.Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2008, as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology. The demand for graduates in this field is strong. Over the past five years, job placement for the Schuylkill program has been impressive. Radiologic technologists who are educated and credentialed in more than one type of imaging technology will have better opportunities. While hospitals are expected to remain the top employer of radiologic technologists, growth is projected for physicians' offices and clinics.
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