Radiologic Technology is the medical specialty that is employed in hospitals and private physician offices to assist doctors diagnose and detect pathology and disease processes. Medical images known as x-ray images are produced by a variety of x-ray instrumentation. Many different types of x-ray modalities are used including:
- general radiography
- computed tomography
- interventional and cardiac catheterization imaging
Radiologic technologists are responsible for the performance of organ imaging procedures for obtaining diagnostic results. They observe radiation safety and protection procedures and perform quality control tests on the imaging instrumentation and computers. They work in conjunction with doctors known as radiologists as part of a team in determining a diagnosis. Their duties include:
- preparing the patient and imaging instrumentation for the specific imaging procedure
- positioning the patient before and during the procedure
- computer processing the acquired data to enhance image quality
- presenting the results to the doctor for diagnosis
Hospital and Medical Center Affiliations
The radiologic technology program has planned affiliations with the following hospitals and medical centers in the New York City metropolitan area including:
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- Mount Sinai Medical Center
- New York Presbyterian – Columbia Medical Center
- New York Presbyterian – Cornell Medical Center
Students enrolled in the program take 16 credits of clinical internship courses, amounting to about 275 days in a radiologic technology (x-ray) department of one of these hospitals. It is during the internship courses that the student receives hands-on experience and achieves competency as a radiologic technologist.
Bachelor of Science Degree Program
The Bachelor of Science degree in Radiological and Health Sciences (Radiologic Technology) includes a Health Care Administration concentration. This concentration has been designed to expand the role and provide a career ladder for radiologic technologists into radiological department administration, sales or technical representation in the radiologic technology industry.
The Bachelor of Science degree also supplies graduates with the potential to enter graduate programs in hospital administration, public administration or business administration.