The goal of Allina Health is to lead the way toward the best possible care for patients. In a medical imaging career, you'll play a critical role delivering a full range of advanced diagnostic technology to identify medical conditions or diseases:
- Imaging assistant directly assists patients and technicians during procedures, and also provides clerical support including scheduling and image archiving.
- Radiologic technologist is responsible for taking and processing X-rays as dictated by physician. Salaries vary for radiology technologists. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
- Special imaging technologist produces quality imaging studies for physicians to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients. Includes computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), interventional radiology (IR), registered vascular technologist (RVT), mammography, nuclear medicine technologist. Salaries vary for special imaging technologists. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
- Diagnostic sonographer produces two-dimensional ultrasonic recordings of internal organs, using ultrasound equipment, for use by physician in diagnosis of disease and study of malfunction of organs. Salaries vary for diagnostic sonographers. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
- Cardiac sonographer operates ultrasound equipment that collects reflected echoes and Doppler signals from images and spectral tracings of the heart. They use two-dimensional images and Doppler tracings to assess the cardiac structures and hemodynamics. Salaries vary. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
- Radiation therapist: administers radiation treatment to patients. Salaries vary. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
- Imaging assistant requires high school diploma or GED equivalent required.
- Radiology technologist requires an associate degree / ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) registration.
- Special imaging technologist requires ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) registration. A specialized certification may be required.
- Diagnostic sonographer requires an associate degree / RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) credential.
- Cardiac sonographer (echo cardiographer) requires an associate degree / RCS (Registered Cardiac Sonographer) certification.
- Radiation therapist requires completion of JRCER- approved course in radiation therapy and ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists).
Programs offered in Minnesota and Wisconsin
- Minnesota: Argosy University, College of St Catherine, Century College, Lake Superior College, Northland Community and Technical College
- Wisconsin: Chippewa Valley Technical College, Western Technical College
Special imaging technologist:
On the job training, program availability and certifications vary by specialty.
- Minnesota: Argosy University, College of St Catherine, Lake Superior College, St. Cloud Technical College
- Wisconsin: Chippewa Valley Technical College, University of Wisconsin-Madison