About the Profession
Radiologic imaging science, also known as radiologic technology or medical radiography, is the allied health profession responsible for diagnostic and interventional medical radiographic imaging.
Photo caption: Imaging sciences professionals, under the supervision of physicians, provide medical imaging services to patients.
- Imaging sciences is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those with knowledge of more than one diagnostic imaging modality will have the best employment opportunities.
- The need for advanced medical imaging technologists is expected to increase significantly due to increases in the population, aging of the population and changes in treatment, technology and prevalence of disease states or conditions requiring advanced diagnostic and interventional radiography.
- According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in 2007, the median salary for CT technologists was $62,100; and the median salary for MRI technologists was $64,500.
Photo caption: Sharon E. Byrd, MD, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, and imaging sciences professionals.