The Radiologic Sciences Program at Southern Illinois University prepares students to be the qualified health care professionals who can act as first assistants to physicians in medical practice. As a radiologic sciences professional you could utilize radiant energy, ionizing radiation (X-rays), other forms of electromagnetic energy, and sound waves for the imaging, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Each distinct option has its own accreditation, educational and clinical training requirements. We offer medical specialties of radiography (radiologic technology), radiation therapy, medical sonography (ultrasound), magnetic resonance and computed tomography imaging, and radiology management/education at SIU.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, also called ultrasonography or sonography, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan.
This specialization emphasizes the physics, technology, instrumentation, sectional anatomy, and pathologies common in MRI and CT. Upon completion of the program students are prepared to challenge the national registry examinations offered by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Technologists employed in these specialty areas will be supervised by a board certified radiologist, but will be afforded a greater amount of responsibility and independence in the performance of their duties.
Radiation Therapy is an important part of today's health care field. It involves the use of high energy x-rays, gamma rays, or fast particles such as electrons or protons for the treatment of cancer. The radiation is given in this manner so cancer cells will die from the injuries they encounter while normal tissues repair themselves in the time between one treatment and the next. Those working in this specialty field usually have extensive contact with patients as a typical care plan involves 15-40 different treatments over the course of the therapy.
We are happy to announce the offering of a Bachelor of Science Degree completion option in Radiology Management/Education fully online, designed specifically for the working imaging professional.
This program is designed to allow professionals within the imaging sciences the opportunity to study managerial theories, philosophies, styles, and techniques. Additionally, the student will be introduced to educational concepts as they relate to medical imaging departments. The primary focus of the management and education option is to allow students who wish to enter either radiography management or radiography education the opportunity to learn and develop the skills necessary for success in these two environments. This specialization is an excellent adition to MRI/CT, radiation therapy, and diagnostic medical sonography.
Applications for the fall 2015 class became available September 2014. The deadline to submit will be January 31, 2015. The applications can be accessed from the individual specialization web page.
The Radiography program and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program at SIU are in the application phase of accreditation through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Click here to see the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Program in Radiography and MRI.