What is the difference between the Diagnostic Medical Imaging and the Radiation Therapy Technology Programs?

WELCOME TO THE RADIOLOGIC SCIENCES DEPARTMENT!
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO PROGRAMS TAUGHT HERE IS:


1. DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL IMAGING
What kind of career is this?
It’s performing imaging examinations by accurately positioning patients and ensuring that quality diagnostic
images are produced so that patients can be properly evaluated to either diagnose or rule out disease or
injury.
The work involves the use of radiation (x-rays) to produce black-and-white images of anatomy. The images
are captured on film, computer or videotape. X-rays may be used to detect bone fractures, find foreign
objects in the body, and demonstrate the relationship between bone and soft tissue. The most common
type of x-ray exam is chest radiography.
This is a 30 month program that includes earning an AS Degree and leads to state and national
certification.
Program graduates are called interchangeably:
“Radiographers” and “Radiologic Technologists”
The term “X-Ray Tech” is a slang term that can be confusing because it can refer to either
“Radiographers”/ “Radiologic Technologists” or “X-Ray Technicians” (the difference is explained
directly below).
For clarification, this program is not training to become a:
“X-Ray Technician” – this is a limited certification, not to conduct x-rays in a hospital, but perform dental
x-rays, etc.
“Radiologist” – this is a physician who interprets medical images. They work closely with
“Radiographers / Radiologic Technologists”.
2. RADIATION THERAPY TECHNOLOGY
What kind of career is this?
A Radiation Therapist (R.T.T.) uses high tech equipment and sophisticated scientific techniques to deliver highly
focused forms of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases. Radiation Therapy can cure malignant diseases (cancer)
and greatly improve quality of life. Radiation Therapists see their patients every day for a period of 4 to 6 weeks.
A Radiation Therapist is part of the Radiation Oncology team and is at the front line of this very important treatment.
This is a 24 month program that includes earning an AS Degree and leads national certification &
state licensing,
MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND:
AT OUR WEBSITE: www.ccsf.edu/dmi
IN THE CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO CATALOG
FROM THE CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
www.asrt.org The career information above was taken from this site. On the homepage is a link to a
student’s section with information and resources geared especially for students.
www.csrt.org This California Society of Radiologic Technologists website has lots of student information,
including scholarships and employment.