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Is it common for a radiology tech to be certified in multiple fields such as x ray, ultrasound, and CT?

I am going to be a majoring in radiology technology in the fall and I am interesting in becoming certified in all of these areas. #radiology #radiology-students #radiology-tech #radiology-education

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Richard’s Answer

Yes. Lot of overlap between xray and CT. Less so for xray and sono.

Once a technologist gets trained for MRI they rarely go back to less advanced imaging.

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Paventhan’s Answer

yes it is common for a radiologist tech to be certified in all other relevant fields, it is more recommended you have wider knowledge about handling all the other medical equipment's, if you are going to run a private medical center then you might have to be certified in all these. as you can offer to help wide range of patients.

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Stacy’s Answer

It’s more common than one might think, but I don’t think as many take advantage of going for multiple modalities as they should. You’ll be able to find more jobs, get higher pay for being a multimodality tech, and have a more well rounded understanding of radiology. When advancing into leadership, this would definitely give you a competitive edge. Also- just knowing more about this field if you already love the technical side of it is fun!
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Estelle’s Answer

Yes, especially in smaller communities where one person covers more services.
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Rachel’s Answer

Yes, it is common for radiology techs to be trained in multiple fields of imaging.
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Catherine’s Answer

Yes! I am currently working as an X-ray tech while in school for CT. Many times people will cross train or go into other modalities after graduating or working in their field for some time. I know in the past everyone started out in X-ray before they could go on to the other modalities because places liked their techs to have a background in xray. There’s is also a lot of people in X-ray who want to further their career and go into mammography or CT. It’s not as common as going from X-ray to CT but some people also go to Ultrasound or MRI after X-ray but it requires more schooling if you’re place of employment doesn’t offer cross training. Also, now a days you can find schools to go directly into the 4 primary pathways/modalities (X-ray,MRI,ultrasound and nuclear medicine) so you have more options then before where you don’t have to train in X-ray first. If someone starts in MRI and Ultrasound they don’t typically go back for X-ray, nuclear medicine, CT or mammography because those are ionizing radiation modalities and require you to start from the beginning since you would be around radiation and need to learn how to safely perform those exams to protect yourself and your patients. Overall though, yes it is very common for people to be trained in multiple modalities it just really depends on what they start out as.
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