About the radiography major

Radiologic technology is a science involving the medical use of X-rays in the diagnosis of disease. Principal duties consist of performing X-ray examinations of patients. Radiographers must be able to handle seriously ill and injured patients to obtain the maximum amount of information without injury to the patient and with the least amount of pain and discomfort from the examination. They may assist the radiologist in some complex procedures, often involving the injection of opaque media through needles or catheters.

Skills and abilities this major develops: communication skills, active listening techniques, use of appropriate technologies, attention to detail, and an intimate knowledge of human anatomy.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Advanced noncontrast imaging
  • Human biology and lab
  • Patient care I and II
  • Radiographic pathology
  • Radiographic procedures I, II, III, and lab

Possible careers

  • Advanced imaging modality technologist 
  • Applications specialist
  • MRI technologist educator*
  • Radiologic technologist 
  • Radiology information specialist

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Diagnostic imaging centers
  • Hospitals
  • Medical diagnostic laboratories
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Physicians' offices

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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