School of Medical Imaging
335R Prairie Ave.
Providence, RI 02905
A radiographer, or radiologic technologist, RT(R), is a highly skilled
assistant to the radiologist (a physician specializing in the diagnosis
and treatment of diseases by the application of x-rays, radioactive
materials and other forms of radiant energy). The radiographer performs
imaging examinations of any part of the body. In order to take quality
radiographs, the radiographer must have a good working knowledge of
human anatomy, radiation physics, radiographic positioning, equipment
operation and image processing. As a member of the health care team, the
radiographer must understand and be concerned with quality patient care
and medical ethics, and is dedicated to the prevention of disease and
preservation of life.
The radiographer is able to:
A typical workday may find the radiographer:
To acquire specific expertise, the radiographer must have a firm
foundation in the physical and biologic sciences as well as in the
professional and technical disciplines related to radiologic sciences
and technology. The patient and medical profession rely on the mature
judgment, knowledge and skill of the radiographer to operate the complex
imaging equipment safely and efficiently.
The majority of qualified radiographers are employed in hospitals,
medical centers and physician’s offices. Most radiological supply,
equipment and accessory manufacturers employ radiologic technologists as
technical advisors, technical sales representatives, or industrial
technologists in the medical radiological service divisions. The
radiographer may be able to further advance with compensatory salary
through continuing education and experience. Areas of specialization
For those radiologic technologists wishing to further their education,
the School of Diagnostic Imaging also has programs in mammography,
nuclear medicine technology, diagnostic medical sonography, magnetic
resonance imaging and computed tomography.