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Overview

Radiologic Technology is a very professionally oriented major in the health care field. Radiologic technologists use x-rays and radioactive substances to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries. Two-year and four-year degree programs in Radiologic Technology and Radiography are available at colleges and universities all across the fruited plain.

One of the important things to know about the field of Radiologic Technology is that there is a big, national standardized test involved. Would-be practitioners must sit for the National Certification Examination in Radiography.

If you major in Radiologic Technology, what you'll learn is how to perform sophisticated diagnostic x-ray procedures. You'll learn exactly what an x-ray is, how to operate radiography equipment, and more than you ever wanted to know about radiation safety.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

  • Biology

  • Biomedical Instrumentation

  • Chemistry

  • Clinical Fieldwork (several courses)

  • Digital Imaging

  • Human Anatomy

  • Introduction to Radiologic Technology

  • Physics

  • Physiology

  • Principles of Disease

  • Radiologic Pathophysiology


HIGH SCHOOl PREPARATION

You'll need a strong foundation in the basic sciences. If you are planning to major in Radiologic Technology in college, you should take courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. You'll need a decent background in math as well.