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Is an ultrasound technician the same as radiologic technologist?

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Is an ultrasound technician the same as radiologic technologist?

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Ultrasound technicians, or Diagnostic sonographers are a different specialization of diagnostic imaging than radiologic technologists.

Both use and maintain imaging equipment for the purpose of obtaining images for medical diagnostic purposes, and have many job duties in common, but sonographers use devices that create images of the internal human anatomy by emitting pulses of sound, while radiologic technologists employ devices that use devices that create images using radiation (such as an x-ray machine) or detecting the magnetic fields of the human body (such as with magnetic resonance imaging). Because of the differences in the equipment they use, and different precautions needed to safely use them, diagnostic sonographers and radiologic technologists receive different educations that will not necessarily translate to the other field. Both fields require a minimum of an associate's degree, and employers prefer diagnostic sonographers and radiologic technologists who have professional certifications in addition to their degrees.

For more information on becoming an ultrasound technician, check out this article:Ultrasound Technician: Career Requirements

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