Radiological technologists, or radiographers, produce images of internal organs and bones in the human body. Coursework in this field includes training in the equipment used for radiology, and students are also introduced to issues regarding patient care, anatomy, medical terminology and regulations relevant to radiological technologists.
Education and training for radiological technologists is typically gained though 2-year degree programs. Students intending to earn certification or licensing in this field should seek out programs that are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). These courses will include both classroom instruction and clinical practice.
Here are some common concepts examined in radiological technology courses:
- Patient positioning
- Digital image analysis
- Radiation protection
- Diagnostic tests
List of Radiological Technologist Courses
Overview of Radiological Technology Course
This introductory course is taken in the first semester of a 2-year program for radiological technologists. Concepts reviewed in this course include vocabulary, basic radiation safety and use of radiological technology for medical imaging. History of radiological technology is discussed.
Imaging with Radiographic Equipment Course
Students review principles of physics and become familiar with radiation dosages before learning how to use imaging equipment. Different types of equipment used by radiological technologists, including X-ray, mammography and ultrasound technology, are introduced. Laws and regulations related to imaging equipment use are also reviewed. Students must complete this course before beginning clinical courses.
Caring for Patients During Imaging Course
Radiological technologists must understand proper care procedures for working with patients. This course teaches future radiographers how to assess a patient's physical ability to be imaged and to instruct the patient on the imaging procedure. Patient safety and immobilization techniques are demonstrated. Most programs require this course early in a 2-year program.
Sectional Anatomy Course
This course provides students with detailed understanding of human anatomy. Students learn skills in identifying cross-sections of human organs in images. Learning sectional anatomy is critical to radiological technologists when they use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed axial tomography (CAT) scans. This course is taken in the first year of study.
Radiography Procedures Course
Procedures for producing useful pictures of the most commonly imaged parts of the body are taught in this course. Anatomy is reviewed. Some radiography procedures courses cover just one section of the body, and thus several procedures courses may be required. These radiological technology courses are completed in the classroom and the laboratory and are taken throughout the academic program.
Pathology for Radiological Technologists Course
Students learn which diseases and injuries are commonly detected through radiographic imaging. The ability to identify diseases and injuries helps radiological technologists evaluate images and communicate findings to a doctor. Vocabulary related to disease is introduced in this course. This course may be taken near the end of a radiography program.