Radiographers make images of the human body with the help of large medical technology equipment. To do so they use imaging technology that implements ionizing or non-ionizing radiation. The methods range from skeletal radiology to magnetic resonance imaging. In this way they support the early diagnosis and treatment of several serious diseases. Diagnostic radiology, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine are therefore the focus of the degree program in which radiation protection is a key issue.
What you can offer
You are interested in both medicine and technology and are therefore looking for an intersection that combines both. You have already acquired a strong foundation in mathematics and physics. You approach problems logically and analytically, display manual dexterity when operating equipment and have a strong sense of responsibly. Your good spatial imagination helps you to analyze images. Despite all the physical and technical aspects, you never lose sight of the person, who you show great empathy. Strong social skills are also necessary for work in interdisciplinary teams. Your curiosity makes you open to science and research in order to also keep up with the rapid advances in medical technology in the future.
What makes this degree program special
In the degree program you will learn how radiological technological methods work and what their specific advantages and disadvantages are. You are qualified to plan and perform analysis procedures with large medical equipment and to ensure quality assurance. Some methods only verify tissue changes, however nuclear medicine already identifies initial changes in metabolism. When performing radiological examinations, identifying cancer early, thanks to mammography for example, or radiating cancer, you will be working with ionizing particle or electromagnetic radiation. With the help of computer tomography (CT), sectional images of body parts are computer generated based on multiple X-rays. Electromagnetic waves, such as those used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are not ionizing.
It provides detailed sectional images of tissues and organs on the basis of strong magnetic fields. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce images. A positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine procedure that utilizes low-level radioactive substances to produce images of biochemical and physiological functions in the body. With the help of all the techniques you learn about in detail in the degree program, you will contribute to the early diagnosis and treatment of several serious diseases.