Advances in medical imaging technology allow us to look at the human body in new ways and with more clarity than ever. As a professional in this field, you will use advanced equipment to provide potentially life-saving diagnoses for patients in virtually every area of medicine. Austin Community College’s nationally accredited radiology program gives students access to a vast number of specialized careers. Advanced training is also offered for current radiological technologists who wish to update their skill sets.
Part science, part art, radiology is a fascinating and highly valuable discipline that is utilized in nearly every healthcare setting. As radiologic technologists, students can specialize in dozens of clinical areas, and pursue careers that align with their abilities and interests. Competitive starting wages, flexible schedules and work environments, and the opportunity to work with some of the latest in medical technology make this an attractive career path.
Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
75 Radiation Therapists are employed. This number is expected
to increase by 13.33 % over the next four years.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Hourly Wage 65 Currently
Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.
65 Nuclear Medicine Technologists are employed. This number is expected
to increase by 10.77 % over the next four years.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
Hourly Wage 91 Currently
Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. Monitor patient safety and comfort, and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures. May administer gadolinium contrast dosage intravenously. May interview patient, explain MRI procedures, and position patient on examining table. May enter into the computer data such as patient history, anatomical area to be scanned, orientation specified, and position of entry.
91 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists are employed. This number is expected
to increase by 16.48 % over the next four years.
Hourly Wage 2132 Currently
Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.
2132 Radiologists are employed. This number is expected
to increase by 9.85 % over the next four years.
Hourly Wage 1088 Currently
Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.
1088 Radiologic Technologists are employed. This number is expected
to increase by 9.83 % over the next four years.
Hourly Wage 330 Currently
Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
330 Radiologic Technicians are employed. This number is expected
to increase by 19.09 % over the next four years.
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ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your short and long-term goals. Visit our awards page to learn about the types of credentials we offer and the differences between each.