Radiography uses radiation to produce images whereas sonography uses ultrasound technology to produce images. Radiography consists of x-rays, mammography, MRI, CT and other imaging methods. Sonography and ultrasound are most often associated with medical imaging experienced by pregnant women who get to "see" their baby while still in the womb. In other circumstances, diagnostic medical sonographers use sonography to create images of the body for proper diagnosis of medical conditions by a physician.
Medical diagnostics includes any of the following career paths.
At PPCC we only offer the Radiology Technician degree. All other Medical Diagnostics degrees would require transferring to particular colleges or universities. Colorado has a limited number of public institutions that offer these programs of study. Meet with an academic advisor to explore how to prepare for transferring from PPCC.
With this degree a graduate would be equipped to assist patients in the imaging process and assure that the images were correct. It is the lowest level of pay in medical diagnostics and does not include diagnosis or treatment. Read the PPCC Rad Tech Department web pages. After reviewing the program requirements, you need to understand the following.
PPCC offers this degree in collaboration with Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology.
Five very important things to understand about our program.
Students should start out in the Associate of General Studies (AGS) Radiology Track. This is a placeholder major and is not designed to be completed before applying to Memorial’s Rad Tech program. This will allow students who are using Financial Aid and VA benefits to take recommended elective courses beyond the general education prerequisites. These also can help them gain points in the application process until and if they are accepted into Memorial’s program. Submit an online Change of Major.
Typically training and certifications for MRI, CT and other specialities are offered through hospitals or medical centers. Many require an initial degree in AAS/Radiology Tech. Check with your local providers for options.