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Diagnostic medical sonographers operate special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient's body, which then collects reflected echoes and forms an image that may be videotaped, transmitted, or photographed for interpretation and diagnosis by a physician.

The radiologic technologist is someone who specializes in using x-rays to create images of the body that enables the doctor to diagnose patients for disease, fractures, or any irregularities. A radiographer must be a professional who is skilled in the art and science of radiography and is able to apply scientific knowledge, problem-solving techniques, and the use of high tech equipment, while providing quality patient care.

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EMPLOYMENT CHANGE**

Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. With age comes increased incidence of illness and injury, which often requires diagnostic imaging for diagnosis. In addition to diagnosis, diagnostic imaging is used to monitor the progress of disease treatment. With the increasing success of medical technologies in treating disease, diagnostic imaging will increasingly be needed to monitor progress of treatment.

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by about 18 percent through 2018 - faster than the average for all occupations. As the population continues to age, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. Additional job growth is expected as healthcare providers increasingly utilize ultrasound imaging as a safer and more cost-effective alternative to radiological procedures. Ultrasound imaging technology is expected to evolve rapidly and spawn many new sonography procedures, enabling sonographers to scan and image areas of the body where ultrasound has not traditionally been used.

AVERAGE RANGE OF PAY*

  • Radiographers - $53,680
  • Sonographers - $68,236

*2013 America Society of Radiologic Technologist (ASRT) salary survey for U.S.
**Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2012-13 Edition

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