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.
- Imaging sciences is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, 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 2010, the median salary for:
- CT technologists - $64,000
- MRI technologists - $64,500-$68,000
Cardiovascular/vascular technologist - $60,000
Mammography technologist - $60,000
Sonography - $68,000
Photo caption: Imaging sciences professional.