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Avera Sacred Heart Hospital School of Radiologic Technology

Combine human compassion and advanced technology with a career in Radiologic Technology.

Radiologic Technology Profession

If you’ve ever had an X-ray, you’ve probably met a radiologic technologist. Since the discovery of the X-Ray in 1895, the field of radiologic sciences has grown to include diagnostic radiology, computerized imaging, radiation therapy, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging. Part science and part art, radiologic technology is an indispensable part of modern medicine. The radiologic technologist follows physicians’ orders precisely and conforms to regulations concerning the use of ionizing radiation. Radiologic technologists need many skills that contribute to successful patient diagnosis and treatment. Today’s radiologic technologist must practice effective communication, documentation, patient care and technical skills. A career in radiologic technology can lead in many directions.

Areas of Practice

Radiologic technologists may have a specialty area of practice:

  • Radiographers use X-ray equipment to produce 2-D and 3-D images of tissue, organs, bones and vessels. Most radiographers specialize in mammography, computed tomography (CT) or other types of medical imaging.
  • Magnetic resonance technologists apply radio frequency pulses and powerful magnetic fields to create detailed images.
  • Nuclear medicine technologists use radiopharmaceuticals and special cameras to produce images of organs and reveal their function.
  • Sonographers create images with high frequency sound waves.
  • Radiation therapists administer highly focused forms of radiation to treat diseases such as cancer.

Radiologic technologists are needed in every health care setting:

  • Work in hospitals, outpatient clinics or physicians offices.
  • Specialize in clinical areas ranging from prenatal care to orthopedics.
  • Work as a technical advisor or representative of a radiology equipment firm.
  • Perform research in diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy.
  • Work in post-secondary educational programs at hospitals, clinics and colleges.