An educational program in radiography is located on the Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis campus and housed in the IU School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.
Description of the Profession Radiology is a science involving the medical use of X rays in the diagnosis of disease. A radiologist is a physician specializing in this science, and a radiographer (or radiologic technologist) produces radiographic images under the direction of the radiologist. Radiographers make up the largest group of imaging professionals. Their principal duties consist of performing diagnostic x-ray procedures of patients, with the lowest amount of radiation exposure possible. They also assist in fluoroscopic examinations and in special radiographic procedures. Other tasks performed by radiographers vary. Radiographers must be able to handle seriously ill and injured patients to obtain the maximum amount of information without injury to the patient and with the least amount of pain and discomfort from the examination. They may assist the radiologist in some complex procedures, often involving the injection of opaque media through needles or catheters. Radiographers must be well educated and experienced in aseptic techniques, requiring skills comparable to those of nurses in some specialties. Most technologists are employed in hospitals, clinics, and physicians' offices.
Graduates of the Program Graduates receive an associate of science degree from Indiana University and are eligible to take the certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become certified as a registered technologist (radiography), R.T.(R).
Credential Required to Practice R.T.(R) Registered Technologist (Radiography).
Indiana Requirements to Practice A State license is required to operate an X-ray machine. The state accepts the ARRT registry credential to satisfy educational requirements for licensure.
For further information, contact:
Donna Clark, Academic Support Specialist
IU Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Programs
541 Clinical Drive, Rm 120
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 274-3802
Fax: (317) 274-4074
Updated: January 1, 2014