Modern technology gives doctors many options for diagnosing a patient’s condition. Some techniques are invasive, others exploratory, and others are minimally or non-invasive. Diagnostic Imaging (DI) refers to a group of methods that utilize non-invasive techniques to identify and monitor certain diseases. DI is the field of medicine that uses non-invasive imaging scans to diagnose a patient. The tests and equipment used sometimes involve low radiation doses to create highly detailed images of an area.
Radiographers (X-Ray, Rad Tech) are considered an entry-level professional in the medical imaging industry. Radiographers with experience can move into other advanced imaging modalities, such as Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Cardiac Labs, Vascular and Interventional labs, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Dosimetry, Sonography, and Densitometry.
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The Importance of Imaging Technology
Imaging can identify a wide range of problems, from broken bones to gastrointestinal conditions. In addition to identifying issues, doctors can use diagnostic imaging to monitor how your body responds to current treatment or screen for diseases like breast cancer and colon cancer.
Examples of Imaging Modalities / Specialties Include:
- Radiography (X-rays)
- Computed Tomography (CT) Scans
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scans
- Nuclear Medicine Scans
Why become an Imaging Technologist?
- The average salary for an Imaging Technologist in California ranges from $29.09 – 40.71 per hour. (dependent on specialty)
- With experience and depending on the region, Technologists earn as much as $61.31 per hour.
- Imaging Technologists can work in various healthcare settings, including state, local, and private hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians and other health care professionals, and outpatient care centers.
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.