Diagnostic Technology and Imaging
What it is
jobs in medical imaginginvolve several procedures that help health workers diagnose disease. Ultrasound technicians use special equipment to take pictures of internal organs. Radiologic technicians take and analyze X-rays, and cardiovascular technicians identify heart or blood problems in patients.
EKG technicians attach electrodes to the patient’s body and operate EKG machines for medical imaging to detect and record the impulses transmitted by the heart during and between heartbeats. Nuclear medicine technologists determine if disease is present by examining metabolic changes, instead of checking to see if an individual organ has changed.
What it's like
Most diagnostic imaging and technology jobs — including ultrasound technician, EKG technician, cardiovascular technician or nuclear medicine technologist — are in hospitals. The most common diagnostic imaging tool is the X-ray, and that means that many jobs in medical imaging can involve direct interaction with patients. Jobs in medical imaging play a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of various health ailments.
What it takes
Some jobs in medical imaging, such as an EKG technician, require a high school education (or equivalent) and some on-the-job training. Others, such as an ultrasound technician, require a two-year training program.
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