Radiographers use radiation and other forms of energy to look inside the human body. This area of diagnostic medicine is called imaging technology or radiography. Diagnostic techniques include radiography (x-ray),computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Radiographers use sophisticated technology to help physicians pinpoint the location of tumors and cancerous growths in delicate tissues like the brain, to evaluate coronary artery disease, and to visualize other body structures and functions.

Entry-level radiographers work with patients and modern x-ray equipment to produce radiographic images of the skeleton, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and vascular systems. As part of the imaging study, the Radiographer must also provide competent, concerned patient care and work to minimize radiation exposure to the patient and others in the work setting. Radiographers work along with the radiologist (physician who specializes in x-ray) as part of a team during more invasive procedures. With experience or additional education, Radiographers may move into more specialized areas of imaging technology or progress into supervisory or educational positions.

Entry level program prerequisites

To be eligible for admission into any of the entry level concentrations, students must have completed the following:
Semester Credits VCU Equivalent
6 of Composition and Rhetoric UNIV 111-112*
3 of College Algebra MATH 141
8 of Human Anatomy & Physiology BIOL 205, PHIS 206
4 of Physics PHYS 101 & PHYZ 101***
3 of General Psychology PSYC 101*
3 of Humanities Elective
* Students outside of VCU must complete 2 semesters (6 credits) of freshman composition.

An advantage of our radiography curriculum is that students spend their sophomore and junior years learning the fundamentals of diagnostic imaging. During the senior year students have the opportunity to spend a year in advanced practice areas such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, administration, etc.

Students will spend 3 years in the professional program upon entering in the fall semester. The program at VCU leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Radiation Sciences (Radiography track).

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