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1 Careers Diagnostic Services Information Provided By: Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) PowerPoint Presentation By: Juliane Monko & Dr. Frank Flanders CTAE Resource Network, June 2009 Based On PowerPoint Ideas From: Penny Howard, RN, Healthcare Science Instructor

2 AHECAHEC There are six centers in the Georgia AHEC Network, and each serves a multi-county region. The AHEC mission is to meet the health needs of Georgia by improving the supply, distribution and quality of healthcare providers. AHECs offer enrichment programs, camps, learning tools, student counseling, volunteer and mentoring activity coordination, and access to other educational resources. Contact your regional AHEC for more information.

3 Objectives Students will be able to describe health careers in the field of Diagnostic Services. Students will be able to plan a healthcare career path in Diagnostic Services.

4 Careers in Diagnostic Services Audiologist Cardiovascular Technologist Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Nuclear Medicine Technologist Radiologic Technologist

5 Audiologist

6 Audiologists specialize in preventing, identifying, assessing and treating disorders related to hearing. These professionals perform tests and evaluate patients hearing difficulties to determine the range and degree of hearing loss. They are then able to develop treatment programs so that individuals can adapt to their problems or have them corrected.

7 Audiologist Audiologists might prescribe a hearing aid, teach a person strategies to communicate effectively, or make physician referrals for medical or surgical intervention.

8 Work Environment Salary Colleges and universities Home health agencies Hospitals Physicians' offices Public health departments Rehabilitation centers Research centers Schools Self-employed Speech and hearing centers Average Starting Salary $46,548  Figures according to 2006 data. To see updated figures, visit the SOWEGA-AHEC website at: Audiologist

9 Audiologist Academic Requirements A Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree is considered the entry-level degree for this profession. Most audiologists enter doctoral programs after earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders or one of the scientific disciplines.

10 Cardiovascular Technologist

11 Cardiovascular technologists perform examinations to determine how well the heart and blood vessels function. Technologists report to a cardiologist (physician specializing in the heart) and supply data to diagnose heart disease. They also prepare patients for examinations including taking medical histories, drawing blood samples, and explaining procedures.

12 Areas of Specialization:  Invasive Cardiology  Non-invasive Echocardiography  Non-invasive Vascular Technology Invasive cardiology, tests that actually go into the heart, includes tests like heart catheterization. Non-invasive procedures may monitor the heart’s condition during exercise or use ultrasound waves to produce images of the heart’s chambers and valves. Cardiovascular Technologist

13 Work Environment Salary Clinics Hospitals Medical centers Mobile units Physicians' offices Average Starting Salary $41,409  Figures according to 2006 data. To see updated figures, visit the SOWEGA-AHEC website at: Cardiovascular Technologist

14 Cardiovascular Technologist Academic Requirements A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Programs require up to two years of study depending on the area of specialization chosen. Programs award either a certificate or an associate degree.

15 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

16 Diagnostic medical sonography, also referred to as ultrasound, is used to diagnose abnormalities in the body and examine fetal growth and development in expectant mothers. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of body tissues. Sonographers display these images on video screens. They prepare patients for the exam, explain procedures, select equipment, operate the machine and obtain medical images used for diagnosis. Their observations are interpreted by a physician.

17 Work Environment Salary Clinics Hospitals Mobile services Physicians' offices Average Starting Salary $43,264  Figures according to 2006 data. To see updated figures, visit the SOWEGA-AHEC website at: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

18 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Academic Requirements A college preparatory diploma is required. Three types of programs are available: one-year certificate programs, two-year associate degree programs, and four-year bachelor's degree programs.

19 Nuclear Medicine Technologist

20 Nuclear medicine technology uses radioactive materials to see organ images, body functions and assist in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Nuclear medicine technologists instruct patients prior to medical procedures. Under the direction of a physician, they calculate dosages and administer appropriate radioactive drugs. Technologists also document the use and disposal of radioactive materials.

21 Work Environment Salary Clinics Hospitals Imaging centers Outpatient facilities Research facilities Average Starting Salary $46,841  Figures according to 2006 data. To see updated figures, visit the SOWEGA-AHEC website at: Nuclear Medicine Technologist

22 Nuclear Medicine Technologist Academic Requirements A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Aptitude in math, science, and computers is essential. Four programs are available: one- and two-year certificate programs, two-year associate degree programs, and four-year bachelor's degree programs. Graduation from an accredited two-year clinically-related allied health educational program or a bachelor's degree in a hard science is required to enter one-year certificate programs.

23 Radiologic Technologist

24 Radiologic technologists produce images for interpretation by a radiologist. They use their knowledge of radiation, equipment, and anatomy to produce images with the correct radiographic density, detail and contrast.

25 Radiologic Technologist They give patients chemical mixtures so that body organs will be visualized as well as evaluate images and educate patients on procedures. Radiologic technologists understand the benefits and hazards of radiation and are experts in safeguarding their patients from excessive radiation exposure.

26 Work Environment Salary Clinics Colleges and universities Equipment sales Government facilities Hospitals Mobile facilities Physicians’ offices Public health departments Specialized imaging centers Urgent care centers Radiologic Technologist Average Starting Salary $35,172  Figures according to 2006 data. To see updated figures, visit the SOWEGA-AHEC website at:

27 Radiologic Technologist Academic Requirements Education in radiologic technology is available in two-year certificate programs, diploma programs, and associate degree programs, and four-year bachelor's degree programs. Registered radiologic technicians may take advanced level examinations in mammography, cardiovascular-interventional technology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, quality management, sonography, vascular sonography, cardiac- interventional technology and bone densitometry.

28 Summary There is a variety of careers available in Diagnostic Services. Educational requirements vary by career and career level. Students interested in these careers should use the information provided here as a basis for a career plan. The student should also research the career further to complete a career plan. Career available in Diagnostic Services include: Audiologist Cardiovascular Technologist Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Nuclear Medical Technologist Radiologic Technologist


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