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Oswego Career Ladders - Radiology

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Radiology Aide - Many radiology departments employ aides to assist with the nontechnical, nonmedical aspects of patient care. Duties include stocking supplies, retrieving films and processing paperwork. Aides need to have the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions generally acquired through a partial high school education. Average salary $52,000/yr.

Two Years of Education or an Associates Degree

Radiographer - Radiologic technologists, also referred to as radiographers, produce x ray films of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure and positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed. Average salary $52,200/yr. As technology advances and the American population ages, jobs openings are expected to increase14% over the next 10 years.

Radiation Therapist - A radiation therapist works with a team of oncology professionals (cancer specialists) and is responsible for the daily treatment of patients using radiation-producing equipment. Since these treatments are usually given daily for up to seven weeks, the radiation therapist can develop a close relationship with each patient. Average salary $72,000/yr.

Bachelors Degree or Higher

CT Technologist - Computerized tomography (CT) is a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis. One-fifth of CT technologists work only part time. Average salary $52,200/yr.

Sonographer - Diagnostic medical sonographers, also known as ultrasonographers, use special equipment to direct nonionizing, high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. Diagnostic medical sonographers may specialize in obstetric and gynecologic sonography, abdominal sonography, neurosonography, or opthalmologic sonography. Average salary $61,000/yr.

Magnetic Resonance Technologist - Performs procedures using magnetic resonance technology (commonly known as MRI or MR). The MR technologist must have a solid education in anatomy, pathology and physics. Average salary $59,000/yr, with a 20% - 35% increase in the number of jobs through the year 2012.

Mammography - Safe and highly accurate, a mammogram is an X-ray photograph of the breast. Mammographers coordinate and administer all mammography procedures, including adjusting/operating equipment, communicating the patient's concerns to physicians, selecting the length and intensity of radiation exposure and ensuring films and records are properly labeled. Average salary $59,600/yr.

Nuclear Medicine Technologists - Operate cameras that detect and map the radioactive drug in a patient’s body to create diagnostic images. The images are produced on a computer screen or on film for a physician to interpret. Average salary $67,000/yr.

* All wages and salaries based on 2009 statistics.