Ultrasound Techician vs. X-Ray Technician: Training, Careers

Choosing a career in medical imaging is an important decision that requires careful thought and comparison of the various options. Anyone trying to decide between becoming an Ultrasound Technician or an X-Ray Technician will find the two healthcare specialties have similarities and differences in training requirements and day-to-day job responsibilities. Understanding those differences can make it easier to choose between the two healthcare careers.

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How to Become an Ultrasound Technician?

Ultrasound Technicians can choose one of several education paths that take from one to four years to complete. Students can choose to earn a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, or pursue a two-year Associate’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. It is highly recommended that students attend a CAAHEP accredited school or program because it has classroom and clinical components. CAAHEP is the acronym for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Once the program is completed, a graduate should become ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) certified by taking the appropriate exams.

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How to Become an X-Ray Technician?

X-Ray Technicians also have the option of pursuing a certificate in Radiologic Technology, an Associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology, or a Bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Technology. Certificate programs can take six to 12 months, while degree programs will take 2 to 4 years. Students should attend a school or program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). After finishing classroom and clinical programs, students must earn certification by passing a state or American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam.

One of the main differences between the Ultrasound Technician and X–Ray Technician requirements is in licensing. X-Ray Technicians must be licensed by the state before starting a job. Ultrasound Technicians do not currently have to be licensed, though there are several states considering adding licensing requirements.

ARRT Recognized X-Ray Technician Training Schools Directory

Find your local school from the following ARRT recognized X-Ray schools Directory.

StateCitySchoolContact Name
AlaskaAnchorageUniversity of AlaskaRobert E Mcclung
AlabamaMontgomeryH. Councill Trenholm State Technical CollegeThomas J. Hyde
AlabamaHuntsvilleCrestwood Medical CenterRonald Alvin Murphree
AlabamaTuscaloosaDCH Regional Medical CenterDeborah G Shell
AlabamaGadsdenGadsden State Community CollegeDeborah G Utz
AlabamaDothanWallace Community CollegeGerald B Gilmore
AlabamaHuntsvilleHuntsville HospitalCheryl Dutton Walton
AlabamaBirminghamJefferson State Community CollegeChristie W Bolton
AlabamaOpelikaSouthern Union State Community CollegeMary C Herndon
AlabamaMobileUniversity of South AlabamaCharles W Newell
AlabamaHancevilleWallace State Community CollegeJames S Malone
ArkandasForrest CityEast Arkansas Community CollegeJanie Bailey
ArkandasState UniversitArkansas State UniversityRaymond F Winters
ArkandasLittle RockBaptist Health SchoolsBrenda A Simmons
ArkandasHot SpringsNational Park Community CollegeDebra L Wilson
ArkandasHarrisonNorth Arkansas CollegeSondra L Richards
ArkandasEl DoradoSouth Arkansas Community CollegeDeborah M Edney
ArkandasLittle RockSt. Vincent Infirmary Medical CenterApril M Weiss
ArkandasFayettevilleUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesShawn G Thurow
ArkandasLittle RockUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesCynthia Peeler Saylors
ArkandasTexarkanaUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesWilliam M Pedigo
ArkandasFort SmithUniversity of ArkansasAngela K Elmore
ArkandasPine BluffSoutheast Arkansas CollegeTina M Pierce
ArizonaYumaArizona Western CollegeVictoria V Holas
ArizonaApache JunctionCentral Arizona CollegeFrancis J Mollica
ArizonaPrescottYavapai CollegeRichard G Leclair
ArizonaPhoenixCarrington CollegeMiles D Charles
ArizonaPhoenixGateway Community CollegeMary Mohrmann Carrillo
ArizonaTucsonPima Community CollegeCatherine M O'brien
ArizonaMesaPima Medical InstituteMichael T Hawkes
ArizonaTucsonPima Medical InstituteShandea Dashiell
CaliforniaConcordGurnick Academy of Med ArtsTheodore C Vanderlaan
CaliforniaLancasterAntelope Valley CollegeMaria A Kelly
CaliforniaLos AngelesEast Los Angeles Occupational CenterAlicia Ortiz
CaliforniaNorth HollywoodKaplan CollegeJames G Murrell
CaliforniaChula VistaPima Medical InstituteLisa F Schmidt
CaliforniaBurlingameMills-Peninsula Health ServicesPatricia J Hopkins
CaliforniaColtonArrowhead Regional Medical CenterMorris Hunter
CaliforniaBakersfieldBakersfield CollegeNancy J Perkins
CaliforniaAptosCabrillo CollegeAnn S. Smeltzer
CaliforniaNorthridgeCalifornia State UniversityAnita M Slechta
CaliforniaRedwood CityCanada CollegeRafael A Rivera
CaliforniaLos AngelesCharles R. Drew University of Medicine and ScienceEugene Hasson
CaliforniaSan FranciscoCity College of San FranciscoKyle R Thornton
CaliforniaCypressCypress CollegeTeri Lynn Mitts
CaliforniaTorranceEl Camino CollegeDawn N Charman
CaliforniaLos Altos HillsFoothill CollegeRachelle Antell Campbell
CaliforniaFresnoFresno City CollegeJoseph J Shultz
CaliforniaTorranceLos Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical CenterTuyen T Bui
CaliforniaLoma LindaLoma Linda UniversityBrenda L Boyd
CaliforniaLong BeachLong Beach City CollegeJames F Steele
CaliforniaLos AngelesLos Angeles City CollegeIsrael Fonseca
CaliforniaMercedMerced CollegeKatherine Judy Rose
CaliforniaOaklandMerritt CollegeJennifer L Yates
CaliforniaMoorparkMoorpark CollegeGuadalupe Del C Aldana
CaliforniaWalnutMount San Antonio CollegeDavid L Mc Laughlin
CaliforniaCosta MesaOrange Coast CollegeLoren A Sachs
CaliforniaPasadenaPasadena City CollegeBarbara A Kissel
CaliforniaSan DiegoSan Diego Mesa CollegeLori R Covington
CaliforniaStocktonSan Joaquin General HospitalJohn S Job
CaliforniaSanta BarbaraSanta Barbara City CollegeBruce K Oda
CaliforniaSanta RosaSanta Rosa Junior CollegeRichard D Lehrer
CaliforniaMarysvilleYuba Community CollegeAngela Willson
CaliforniaRch CucamongaChaffey CollegeAndrea G Guillen
CaliforniaRichmondKaiser Permanente Schl of AhsKelly Lynn Angel
ColoradoFort MorganMorgan Community CollegeSusan J Meyer
ColoradoGreeleyAims Community CollegeTracey L Warner
ColoradoGrand JunctionColorado Mesa UniversityLynda P Ward
ColoradoAuroraConcorde Career CollegeTiffany C Taylor
ColoradoDenverPima Medical InstituteSelina M Muccio
ColoradoPuebloPueblo Community CollegeShawna G Chamberlain
ColoradoArvadaRed Rocks Community CollegeJohn F Trombly
ColoradoColorado SpringsUniversity of Colorado Health at Memorial HospitalElaine R Ivan
ColoradoLakewoodSt. Anthony HospitalMichelle R Tickle
ColoradoDenverCommunity College Of Denver at LowryDonald Mccoy
Connecticut HartfordCapital Community CollegePaul G Creech
Connecticut New HavenGateway Community CollegeJulie A Austin
Connecticut HartfordHartford HospitalPamela M Cooke
Connecticut MiddletownMiddlesex Community CollegeDonna J Crum
Connecticut WaterburyNaugatuck Valley Community CollegeJames P Pronovost
Connecticut HamdenQuinnipiac UniversityShelley L Giordano
Connecticut BridgeportSt. Vincent's CollegeTerry K Hine
Connecticut StamfordStamford HospitalDorothy A Saia
Connecticut West HartfordUniversity of HartfordDaniel N De Maio
Connecticut WillimanticWindham Comm Memorial HospitalCarrie L Vincenzo
District of ColumbiaWashington D.C.University of the District of ColumbiaSonnie E Abebaku
District of ColumbiaWashington D.C.Washington Hospital CenterMitchell R Bieber
DelawareGeorgetownDelaware Technical Community CollegeKristie L Hellens
DelawareWilmingtonDelaware Technical Community CollegeKathleen Doran Euganeo
FloridaHollywoodDade Medical CollegeCassandra D Forbes
FloridaMiami LakesDade Medical CollegeYasmin H Ali
FloridaAvon ParkSouth Florida State CollegeJunior A Gray
FloridaSt AugustineSt. John's River State CollegeIngrid S Wright
FloridaMiamiDade Medical CollegeRogelio Orta Martin
FloridaTampaEverest University BrandonMarsha L Stone
FloridaFt LauderdaleFortis InstituteYolanda Acebo
FloridaMiamiFortis InstituteAndre M Brown
FloridaPalm SpringsFortis InstituteJulie M Slusser
FloridaWinter ParkHerzing UniversityJerrine L May
FloridaDelray BeachIamp, Llc-Cambridge InstituteStacy K Kopso
FloridaDaytona BeachKeiser UniversityGloria Esnard Wyatt
FloridaFt LauderdaleKeiser UniversityWilliam Ortiz Jr
FloridaJacksonvilleKeiser UniversityDonna M Dean
FloridaLakelandKeiser UniversityBrian J Leonard
FloridaMelbourneKeiser UniversityTheresa D Roberts
FloridaOrlandoKeiser UniversityCynthia A Cruz
FloridaPort St LucieKeiser UniversityNeisha N Mitchell
FloridaSarasotaKeiser UniversityKathleen M Drotar
FloridaTallahasseeKeiser UniversityChristopher S Sellers
FloridaTampaKeiser UniversityStacy L Lowe
FloridaWest Palm BeachKeiser UniversityJacques Rene La Grange
FloridaMiamiKeiser University-Kendall CampusElena M Felipe
FloridaNicevilleNorthwest Florida State CollegeGrace M Stewart
FloridaMiamiProfessional Training CentersGladys Noisy
FloridaTallahasseeTallahassee Community CollegePerri E Preston
FloridaOrlandoAdventist University of Health SciencesGenese M Gibson
FloridaBoynton BeachBethesda Memorial Hospital Inc.Charles E Lockett Jr
FloridaDavieBroward CollegeMichael Giovanniello
FloridaCocoaEastern Florida State CollegeSusan A Sheehan
FloridaFort MyersEdison State CollegeJames E Mayhew
FloridaHialeahFlorida National UniversityJorge Alfonso
FloridaDaytona BeachHalifax Health Medical CenterDarcie J Nethery
FloridaTampaHillsborough Community CollegeBeth E Wyckoff
FloridaFort PierceIndian River State CollegeGary W Shaver
FloridaLakelandLakeland Regional Medical CenterBarbara M Sanders
FloridaMiamiMiami Dade CollegeMerlin Rezaei Zolfaghari
FloridaPalm Beach GardensPalm Beach State CollegeVicki E Shaver
FloridaNew Port RicheyPasco-Hernando Community CollegeTina O Lischak
FloridaPensacolaPensacola State CollegeMarilyn K Coseo
FloridaWinter HavenPolk State CollegeMary E Luckett
FloridaGainesvilleSanta Fe CollegeMichael L Fugate
FloridaJacksonvilleShands Jacksonville Medical CenterFreenae L Williams
FloridaBradentonState College of Floridal-Manatee-SarasotaPatrick W Patterson
FloridaJacksonvilleSt. Vincent's Medical CenterKaren F Nevins
FloridaOrlandoValencia CollegeBeverly B Bond
FloridaBoca RatonWest Boca Medical CenterRaymond Mata Jr
FloridaJacksonvilleFlorida State CollegeThomas A Graham
FloridaPanama CityGulf Coast State CollegeDee A Vanderschaaf
FloridaOcalaMarion County School of Radiologic TechnologyCheryl S Sirmons
FloridaJacksonvilleMayo ClinicStanley R Olejniczak Jr
FloridaSt PetersburgSt. Petersburg CollegeJohn M Fleming
GeorgiaAlbanyDarton State CollegeKelley A Castro
GeorgiaAtlantaAtlanta Technical CollegeDebra Ann Kendall
GeorgiaAugustaAugusta Technical CollegeKristie L Searcy
GeorgiaMaconCentral GA Tech College-NorthPatricia F Wynne
GeorgiaAcworthChattahoochee Technical CollegeDeanne D Collins
GeorgiaOakwoodLanier Technical CollegeRobert R Wells
GeorgiaVidaliaSoutheastern Technical CollegeKerry O'fallon Dunn
GeorgiaAlbanyAlbany Technical CollegeRichard W Parker
GeorgiaSavannahArmstrong Atlantic State UnivercityElwin R Tilson
GeorgiaAthensAthens Technical CollegeDouglas A Baker
GeorgiaWarner RobinsCentral GA Tech College-SouthConnie A Young
GeorgiaBrunswickCollege of Coastal GeorgiaBonnie M Tobias
GeorgiaDaltonDalton State CollegeSusan D West
GeorgiaDecaturDe Kalb MedicalLashaun D Taylor
GeorgiaAtlantaEmory University School of MedicineDawn Couch Moore
GeorgiaRomeGeorgia Northwestern Technical CollegeMark H Layne
GeorgiaAtlantaGrady Health SystemCheryl T Pressly
GeorgiaLawrencevilleGwinnett Technical CollegeSally A Knab
GeorgiaMoultrieMoultrie Technical CollegeAlfred L Jones
GeorgiaDublinOconee Fall Line Technical CollegeStephanie M Morris
GeorgiaStatesboroOgeechee Technical CollegeJanice F Martin
GeorgiaWaycrossOkefenokee Technical CollegeDonna L Yeomans
GeorgiaGriffinSouthern Crescent Technical CollegeDebbie J Dawson
GeorgiaThomasvilleSouthwest Georgia Technical CollegeWerner W Waldron
GeorgiaAugustaUniversity HospitalPatricia S Graham
GeorgiaDouglasvilleWest Georgia Technical CollegeJonathan S Bailey
GeorgiaLagrangeWest Georgia Technical CollegeWanda W Barbee
GeorgiaValdostaWiregrass Georgia Technical CollegeJammie T Wilbanks
GeorgiaColumbusColumbus Technical CollegeMartha H Dollar
HawaiiHonoluluKapiolani Community CollegeKimberly Kikue Suwa
IowaSheldonNorthwest Iowa Community CollegeMary L Cowan
IowaWaterlooAllen CollegePeggy S Fortsch
IowaWaterlooCovenant Medical CenterKristopher Bruce Messner
IowaOttumwaIndian Hills Community CollegeTamberlee E Delker
IowaFort DodgeIowa Central Community CollegeChantel C Burns
IowaDes MoinesMercy College of Health SciKaren J Norris
IowaMason CityMercy Medical Center-North IowaMelinda L Mutschler
IowaCedar RapidsMercy-St. Luke's HospitalDana D Schmitz
IowaPeostaNortheast Iowa Community CollegeLora L Hannan
IowaBettendorfScott Community CollegeJan M Jacobs
IowaDes MoinesUnityPoint Health-Des MoinesMatthew J Millard
IowaIowa CityUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsKathy M Martensen
IdahoLewistonLewis-Clark State CollegeNan E Miguel
IdahoCoeur D'aleneNorth Idaho CollegeShellie P Son
IdahoTwin FallsCollege of Southern IdahoOrman Gary Lauer
IdahoBoiseBoise State UniversityLeslie E Kendrick
IdahoPocatelloIdaho State UniversityDan L Hobbs
IllinoisElginElgin Community CollegeDebra L Letizio
IllinoisDecaturRichland Community CollegeMatthew S Cardinal
IllinoisCarbondaleSouthern Illinois UniversityMichael L Grey
IllinoisDanvilleDanville Area Community CollegeAlberto Bello Jr
IllinoisJolietJoliet Junior CollegeRobert D Verkler Jr
IllinoisChicagoNorthwestern Memorial HospitalThomas G Sandridge
IllinoisInaRend Lake CollegeBria C Robinson
IllinoisQuincyBlessing HospitalAmanda J Feeney
IllinoisGalesburgCarl Sandburg CollegeJanis Hipple
IllinoisGlen EllynCollege of DupageShellaine K Thacker
IllinoisGrayslakeCollege of Lake CountyLynn M Wiechert
IllinoisNormalHeartland Community CollegeJoan A Gramley
IllinoisPeoriaIllinois Central CollegeApril A Tatham
IllinoisKankakeeKankakee Community CollegeDarla Sue Jepson
IllinoisCentraliaKaskaskia CollegeMimi L Polczynski
IllinoisMaltaKishwaukee CollegeCarol J Guschl
IllinoisSpringfieldLincoln Land Community CollegeWilliam J Callaway
IllinoisChicagoMalcolm X CollegeMichael L White
IllinoisMacombMc Donough District HospitalVincent E Staub
IllinoisPalos HillsMoraine Valley Community CollegeMichael A Gatto
IllinoisBridgeviewNorthwestern CollegeSean E Benjamin
IllinoisOlneyOlney Central CollegeCarol R Kocher
IllinoisPeoriaOsf St. Francis Medical CenterSuzanne M Yezek
IllinoisChampaignParkland CollegeKimberly A Mills
IllinoisRockfordRockford Memorial HospitalPatricia L Griesman
IllinoisSouth HollandSouth Suburban College of Cook CountyShari J Mc Govern
IllinoisDixonSauk Valley Community CollegeDianna H Brevitt
IllinoisBellevilleSouthwestern Illinois CollegeRhonda K Kern
IllinoisEvanstonSt. Francis Hospital-Presence HealthMary Ellen Newton
IllinoisRockfordSwedish American HospitalSteven L Vogt
IllinoisRock IslandTrinity College of Nursing & Health SciencesDiana S Werderman
IllinoisRiver GroveTriton CollegePamela L Harmon
IllinoisChicagoWilbur Wright CollegeEric Fugate
IllinoisPalatineHarper CollegeLeslye S Hess
IndianaFort WayneIndiana University–Purdue University Cheryl A Duncan
IndianaKokomoIndiana UniversityJohn O Hughey
IndianaMarionIvy Tech Community CollegeDebra Dillman
IndianaIndianapolisBall State UniversityDonna L Long
IndianaColumbusColumbus Regional HospitalKaren A Frazier
IndianaIndianapolisCommunity Hospital East-Community Health NetworkMelisa Ann Mattingly
IndianaVincennesGood Samaritan HospitalMarsha L Cox
IndianaGaryIndiana Univ Nw Coll Hlth & HsRobin J Jones
IndianaSouth BendIndiana UniversityJames Henry Howard
IndianaIndianapolisIndiana University School of MedicineBruce W Long
IndianaTerre HauteIvy Tech Community College-Wabash ValleyLou Ann Wisbey
IndianaIndianapolisIvy Tech Community CollegeAnn J Wilcox
IndianaMadisonKing's Daughters' HealthAmy K Kasper
IndianaRichmondReid Hospital & Health Care ServicesRoger A Preston
IndianaIndianapolisSt. Joseph Hospital-St. Vincent HealthMark E Adkins
IndianaEvansvilleUniversity of Southern IndianaMartin A Reed
IndianaFort WayneUniversity of St. FrancisDonna J Lyke
IndianaGreenfieldHancock Regional HospitalMargaret M Welage
IowaSioux CitySt. Luke's CollegeDan T Jensen
KansasHutchinsonHutchinson Community CollegeRenee Kautzer
KansasParsonsLabette Community CollegeLinda G Brown
KansasWichitaNewman UniversityKathleen L Hammond
KansasTopekaWashburn UniversityJera J Roberts
KansasHaysFort Hays State UniversityMichael E Madden
KentuckyLexingtonBluegrass Community & Technical CollegeSarajane Doty
KentuckyLouisvilleJefferson Community & Technical CollegeJames M Adams
KentuckySomersetSomerset Community CollegeDoyle B Decker
KentuckyLexingtonSpencerian CollegeKaren S Sanders
KentuckyLouisvilleSpencerian CollegeMary K Griffin
KentuckyElizabethtownElizabethtown Community & Technical CollegePenelope S Logsdon
KentuckyHazardHazard Community & Technical CollegeHomer Terry
KentuckyMadisonvilleMadisonville Community CollegeTonia R Gibson
KentuckyMoreheadMorehead State UniversityWretha G Goodpaster
KentuckyOwensboroOwensboro Community & Technical CollegeNadine J Menser
KentuckyBowling GreenSouthcentral Kentucky Community & Technical CollegeLori A Slaughter
KentuckyPinevilleSoutheast Kentucky Community & Technical CollegePaul Hutson
KentuckySt CatharineSt. Catharine CollegeDawn M Mc Neil
KentuckyPaducahWest Kentucky Community & Technical CollegeDavid J Heflin
KentuckyHighland HeightsNorthern Kentucky UniversityDiane M Gronefeld
LouisianaMonroeCareer Technical CollegeTonya L Krone
LouisianaBaton RougeFortis CollegeKacey A Roberts
LouisianaAlexandriaLouisiana State UniversityMelissa A Whitley
LouisianaShreveportSouthern UniversityShelia Snowden Swift
LouisianaJeffersonOur Lady of Holy Cross CollegeChimene Pitre
LouisianaBaton RougeBaton Rouge General Medical CenterJaclyn N Verret Peters
LouisianaLafayetteLafayette General Medical CenterLance H Rouse
LouisianaEuniceLouisiana State UniversityRobert L Mc Laughlin Jr
LouisianaLake CharlesMc Neese State UniversityGregory L Bradley
LouisianaHammondNorth Oaks Medical CenterMarsha J Talbert
LouisianaShreveportNorthwestern State UniversityKelli R Haynes
LouisianaBaton RougeOur Lady of The Lake CollegeRebecca Simoneaux
LouisianaMonroeUniversity of LouisianaBrett H Bennett
LouisianaNew OrleansDelgado Community CollegeCarleen A Boudreaux
MassachusettsMedfordRegis CollegeMichael B Farah
MassachusettsBostonRoxbury Community CollegePatricia Martino
MassachusettsBostonBunker Hill Community CollegeDonna M Misrati
MassachusettsHolyokeHolyoke Community CollegeHolly Sue Martin-Peele
MassachusettsBrocktonMassasoit Community CollegeAnthony J Kapadoukakis
MassachusettsFraminghamMassbay Community CollegeKaren M Dow
MassachusettsBostonMassachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesLisa S Fanning
MassachusettsBedfordMiddlesex Community CollegeWilliam F Darmody
MassachusettsDanversNorth Shore Community CollegeChristine E Wiley
MassachusettsLawrenceNorthern Essex Community CollegeAngela T Bowers
MassachusettsWorcesterQuinsigamond Community CollegeLinda Le Fave
MassachusettsSpringfieldSpringfield Tech Community CollegeSheryl A Fullen
MarylandBaltimoreFortis InstituteJoanne M Niewood
MarylandBaltimoreThe Johns Hopkins HospitalSandra E Moore
MarylandBaltimoreCommunity College of Baltimore CountyErin V Cordray
MarylandColumbiaHoward Community CollegeAssefa Z Fisseha
MarylandCumberlandAllegany College of MarylandCathy A Kline
MarylandArnoldAnne Arundel Community CollegeLisa S Pervola
MarylandWye MillsChesapeake CollegeLinda B Blythe
MarylandBaltimoreGreater Baltimore Medical CenterBrenda Ann Schuette
MarylandHagerstownHagerstown Community CollegeJennifer L Beirdneau
MarylandTakoma ParkMontgomery CollegeRose M Aehle
MarylandLargoPrince George's Community CollegeJo Beth Linzy
MarylandTakoma ParkWashington Adventist HospitalKristin A Mitas
MarylandSalisburyWor-Wic Community CollegeKarie A Solembrino
MarylandSilver SpringHoly Cross HospitalStaci M Smith
MaineFairfieldKennebec Valley Community CollegeBetsy A Priest
MaineLewistonCentral Maine Med Ctr CollegeJudith M Ripley
MaineBangorEastern Maine Community CollegeHeather A Merrill
MaineSouth PortlandSouthern Maine Community CollegeLouise C Ouellette
MichiganAnn ArborWashtenaw Community CollegeConnie S Foster
MichiganClinton TwpBaker CollegeJufauri J Ely
MichiganMuskegonBaker CollegeCameron J Vander Stel
MichiganRochesterOakland UniversityJ Lynne Williams
MichiganOwossoBaker CollegeDaniel J Smith
MichiganUniversity CentDelta CollegeCindy Kramer Reszke
MichiganBig RapidsFerris State UniversityLisa L Wall
MichiganGrand RapidsGrand Rapids Community CollegeDeborah C Nordman
MichiganDearbornHenry Ford Community CollegeSharon W Wu
MichiganFlintHurley Medical CenterTamara M Depottey
MichiganJacksonJackson CollegeJoseph E Shackelford
MichiganBattle CreekKellogg Community CollegeChristine L Vandenberg
MichiganBenton HarborLake Michigan CollegeKerry T Mohney
MichiganHarrisonMid Michigan Community CollegeLouann R Goodwin
MichiganMarquetteNorthern Michigan UniversityShaun O Thunell
MichiganSouthfieldOakland Community CollegeCarolyn E Nacy
MichiganDetroitSinai Grace HospitalMary Elizabeth Oras
MichiganPort HuronSt. Clair County Community CollegeMonica S Rowling
MichiganDetroitSt. John Hospital & Medical CenterDenise R Allen
MichiganSouthfieldSt. John Providence-Providence HospitalMary A Kleven
MichiganAnn ArborWashtenaw Community CollegeConnie S Foster
MichiganDetroitWayne State UniversityKathleen Kath
MichiganRoyal OakWilliam Beaumont HospitalTerese A Trost
MichiganLansingLansing Community CollegeBrian W Pickford
MinnesotaDetroit LakesMinnesota State Community and Technical CollegeColleen A Brady-Santwire
MinnesotaRochesterMayo School of Health SciencesJill M Anderson
MinnesotaLuverneMinnesota West Community and Tech CollegeTonya K Koepsell
MinnesotaEaganArgosy University-Twin CitiesHeather Lyn Schepman
MinnesotaWhite Bear LakeCentury CollegeDiane J Fleury-Evans
MinnesotaDuluthLake Superior CollegeBritni S Hardy
MinnesotaWinonaMinnesota State College-Southeast TechnicalPatricia J Hiddinga
MinnesotaAustinRiverland Community CollegeSandra J Sellner-Wee
MinnesotaMinneapolisSt. Catherine UniversityAlan J Bode
MinnesotaSt CloudSt. Cloud HospitalDeanna L Butcher
MinnesotaMinneapolisVeterans Affairs Medical CenterMichael Stori
MinnesotaMinneapolisDunwoody College of TechnologyDavid J Blake
MinnesotaEast Grand ForksNorthland Community & Technical CollegeDebra L King
MissouriN Kansas CityColorado Technical UniversityJessica L Langley
MissouriHillsboroJefferson CollegeJanet E Akers
MissouriCape GirardeauSo East Missouri Hosp CollegePeter J Barger
MissouriSedaliaState Fair Community CollegeRuth A Pfremmer
MissouriKansas CityAvila UniversityCarole A Hillestad
MissouriSpringfieldCox CollegeKacie R Craig
MissouriLinnLinn State Technical CollegeMelissa Hart
MissouriSpringfieldMercy HospitalJoan F Hedrick
MissouriSt LouisMercy HospitalJim E Ibaviosa
MissouriKansas CityMetropolitan Community College-Penn VlyKimberly A Thebeau-Siercks
MissouriPark HillsMineral Area CollegeStacy A Wilfong
MissouriJoplinMissouri Southern State UniversityAlan D Schiska
MissouriKansas CityResearch Medical CenterDon A Hessel
MissouriRollaRolla Technical CenterWaneta M Ogden
MissouriFentonSanford-Brown CollegeAmy Gray
MissouriSaint LouisSt. Louis Cc At Forest ParkRebecca A Northern
MissouriColumbiaUniversity of MissouriPatricia A Tew
MissouriSaint JosephHillyard Technical CenterJason R Elliott
MissouriKansas CitySt. Luke's HospitalMary D Wooldridge
MississippiAlcorn StateAlcorn State UniversityAllen C Terrell
MississippiWessonCopiah-Lincoln Community CollegeBillie Faye Sartin
MississippiTupeloItawamba Community CollegeJoseph P Crum
MississippiEllisvilleJones County Junior CollegeTimothy S Cochran
MississippiMeridianMeridian Community CollegeDebra G Herring
MississippiMoorheadMississippi Delta Community CollegeAlice Knight Pyles
MississippiGautierMississippi Gulf Coast Community CollegeJudy Stewart Lewis
MississippiBoonevilleNortheast Mississippi Community CollegeJennifer M Davis
MississippiJacksonUniversity of Mississippi Med CenterKristi G Moore
MississippiJacksonHinds Community CollegeStephen C Compton
MississippiHattiesburgPearl River Community CollegeCharles D Armstrong
MontanaKalispellFlathead Valley Community CollegeColleen Bench
MontanaGreat FallsGreat Falls College MSUFrankie W Lyons
MontanaButteHighlands College of Montana TechDaniel I Owens
MontanaBillingsMontana State UniversityMilton E Ender
MontanaMissoulaUniversity of MontanaAnne V Delaney
North CarolinaWilkesboroWilkes Community CollegeMitchell A Housenick
North CarolinaHickoryCatawba Valley Community CollegeRobin T Cornett
North CarolinaAsheboroRandolph Community CollegeAnna N Phillips
North CarolinaLumbertonRobeson Community CollegePeggy F Hunt
North CarolinaAshevilleSouth CollegeChristopher L La Rue
North CarolinaAlbemarleStanly Community CollegeTiffany M Barbee
North CarolinaAshevilleAsheville Buncombe Tech Community CollegeAngela D Goodwin
North CarolinaHudsonCaldwell Community College and Technical InstituteVincent A Fox
North CarolinaWilmingtonCape Fear Community CollegeDonna M Collentine
North CarolinaCharlotteCarolinas College of Health ScienceDouglas L Frankenburg
North CarolinaMorehead CityCarteret Community CollegeElaine M Fuge
North CarolinaShelbyCleveland Community CollegeAlease B Rousseau
North CarolinaRocky MountEdgecombe Community CollegeDonald R Mastman
North CarolinaFayettevilleFayetteville Tech Community CollegeAnita L Mc Knight
North CarolinaWinston SalemForsyth Technical Community CollegeNancy R Andrews-Hall
North CarolinaGreensboroGuilford Technical Comm CollegeCharlotte Rene Parrish
North CarolinaSmithfieldJohnston Community CollegeAnn P Jackson
North CarolinaKinstonLenoir Community CollegeAlice T Kennedy
North CarolinaGreenvillePitt Community CollegeKaren M Lee
North CarolinaCharlottePresbyterian Medical CenterElizabeth S Shields
North CarolinaSalisburyRowan-Cabarrus Community CollegeKrista M Lambert
North CarolinaPinehurstSandhills Community CollegePatricia W Brannan
North CarolinaSylvaSouthwestern Community CollegeMeg Rollins Petty
North CarolinaHendersonVance-Granville Community CollegeBobby G Austin
North CarolinaRaleighWake Technical Community CollegeDeborah J Wood
North CarolinaChapel HillUniversity of North CarolinaJoy J Renner
North DakotaBismarckSaint Alexius Medical CenterKim M Lennick
North DakotaBismarckSanford Bismarck Medical CenterCindy M Hanson
North DakotaFargoSanford Med Center-Sanford HealthMary Jo Bergman
North DakotaMinotTrinity Hospital-Trinity HlthAmy K Hofmann
NebraskaOmahaNebraska Methodist CollegeKathleen Rollins
NebraskaOmahaAlegent Creighton HealthRobert A Hughes
NebraskaOmahaClarkson CollegeEllen L Kolste-Collins
NebraskaHastingsMary Lanning HealthcareCristi L Engel
NebraskaScottsbluffRegional West Medical CenterDaniel R Gilbert
NebraskaLincolnSoutheast Community CollegeKelly De Wald Findley
NebraskaOmahaUnivercity of Nebraska Medical CenterTammy L Jones
New HampshireConcordNHTI-Concord Community CollegeKevin P Barry
New HampshireLebanonLebanon CollegeLisa-Ann Zabski
New JerseyParamusBergen Community CollegeJoseph A Mamatz
New JerseyLincroftBrookdale Community CollegeTerry M Konn
New JerseyPembertonBurlington County CollegeElizabeth A Price
New JerseyJersey CityCarepoint Health Christ HospSuzanne Novy
New JerseyCamdenCooper University HospitalMartina Harris
New JerseyVinelandCumberland County CollegeRobert P Champa
New JerseyEnglewoodEnglewood Hospital & Medecial CenterPamela A Woodward
New JerseyNewarkEssex County CollegeMary Ellen Carpenter
New JerseyPlainfieldJFK Medical CenterValerie L Carlisle
New JerseyTrentonMercer County Community CollegeSandra L Kerr
New JerseyEdisonMiddlesex County CollegeJames M Ferrell
New JerseyPatersonPassaic County Community CollegeEileen M Maloney
New JerseySomers PointShore Medical CenterMerryl N Fulmer
New JerseyTrentonSt. Francis Medical CenterTheresa M Levitsky
New JerseyRidgewoodValley HospitalMaureen Keane Wolf
New JerseyRandolphCounty College of MorrisDenise M Vill'neuve
New MexicoRoswellEastern New Mexico UniversityVirgil F Johnson
New MexicoAlbuquerqueUniveristy of New MexicoElizabeth Jane Greer
New MexicoAlbuquerqueCentral New Mexico Community College-Workforce Training CenterPaul J Wilder
New MexicoEspanolaNorthern New Mexico CollegeMichael P Frain
New MexicoClovisClovis Community CollegeMelissa F Ham
New MexicoLas CrucesDona Ana Community CollegeAnnja M Cox
New MexicoAlbuquerquePima Medical InstituteSusan Gregorie
North CarolinaChapel HillUniversity of North CarolinaJoy J Renner
NevadaElkoGreat Basin CollegeMary Doucette
NevadaLas VegasPima Medical InstituteTamra L Kankoski
NevadaLas VegasUniversity of NevadaGeorge P Pales
NevadaRenoTruckee Meadows Community CollegeWarren L Hejny
New YorkBronxHostos Community CollegeAllen Solomon
New YorkJohnstownFulton Montgomery Community CollegeCynthia M Close
New YorkLong Island CityLaguardia Community CollegeTheresa A Licari
New YorkUticaMohawk Valley Community CollegeMary Kate Lapaglia
New YorkFresh MeadowsSt. John's UniversityJennifer G Chiu
New YorkStony BrookSunyJoseph E Whitton
New YorkElmiraArnot Ogden Medical CenterRonald W Woodard
New YorkNew YorkBellevue Hospital CenterPeter M Castagne
New YorkBronxBronx Community CollegeVirginia M Mishkin
New YorkPlattsburghCVPH Medical CenterDouglas E Osborn
New YorkNew YorkHarlem Hospital CenterGeorge A Ramsay
New YorkBronxHostos Community CollegeCharles I Drago
New YorkTroyHudson Valley Community CollegeMargaret A Ewart
New YorkGreenvaleLong Island University-Post CampusSuzanne M Mc Guirk
New YorkRockville CentreMercy Medical CenterBarbara Geiger
New YorkRochesterMonroe Community CollegeEileen M Doyle
New YorkGarden CityNassau Community CollegeLawrence R Jacob
New YorkBrooklynNew York City College of TechnologyEvans L Lespinasse
New YorkBrooklynNew York Methodist HospitalJoy M Grancio
New YorkSanbornNiagara County Community CollegeCynthia A Meyers
New YorkMiddletownOrange County Community CollegeRonald M Kopec
New YorkUticaSt. Elizabeth Medical CenterBrian J Fortuna
New YorkYonkersSt. Joseph's Medical CenterDaniel J Sorrentino
New YorkBinghamtonSuny Broome Community CollegeDominick De Michele
New YorkBrooklynSuny Downstate Medical CenterKenneth P Martinucci
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What are Day-To-Day Responsibilities of Ultrasound Technicians?

Ultrasound Technicians, also called Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or just sonographers, operate special medical equipment that directs sound waves into the human body. The purpose is to obtain images that can be used to identify soft tissue, organ, or blood flow problems, and to assess and diagnose medical related medical conditions. However, the daily job responsibilities include much more than just operating the ultrasound equipment. The trained professionals also:

  • Greets patients and explain procedures
  • Completes appropriate patient records, either manually or using computerized patient electronic health records
  • Directs patients to the ultrasound table and positions each person as needed to get the best imaging results
  • Operates the ultrasound equipment, including making appropriate adjustments during the exam
  • Produces and records images through proper use of equipment
  • Decides which images should be kept and which should be discarded
  • Determines the scope of the imaging session based on findings
  • Reports findings to and consults with physicians
  • Maintains patient records that include patient history and information, sonographs, imaging interpretations, and medical reports from other medical procedures

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What are Routine Services Provided by X-Ray Technicians?

Technicians responsible for take x-rays are also called Radiologic Technicians. They are responsible for producing x-ray films of portions of the human body using radiological equipment. Though the duties are similar to the Ultrasound Technician in terms of adjusting and using equipment, the technician taking x-rays does not normally have to spend as much time with patients. Following are the basic responsibilities of the Radiologic Technician:

  • Reviews physician orders for x-rays
  • Prepares the x-ray room for the patient
  • Greets patients, gives instructions concerning preparations for the procedure, and explains procedure
  • Uses protective devices and shielding equipment to protect patient, technician, and other personnel from radiation exposure
  • Positions patients on the x-ray table to ensure optimal results
  • Positions x-ray equipment and adjusts controls as necessary
  • Processes radiographic exposures using available equipment like film processors or computers
  • Reviews the exposures before releasing patients to ensure they meet standards and expectations; re-take x-rays as necessary
  • Uses digital picture archiving systems or ensures x-rays are appropriately identified and stored

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Does the X-ray Technician Earn More Than the Ultrasound Technician?

In most locations, technicians doing ultrasounds earn more than technicians taking x-rays. As of May 2014, the average annual wages for Ultrasound Technicians was $68,390 and for Radiologic Technicians it was $57,510 (source: bls.gov). There is also a large difference in the high and low salaries for each profession. Ultrasound Technicians have a pay range of $46,930 to $93,850. Technicians specializing in taking x-rays have a pay range of $37,610 to $80,080.

Another way to look at the statistics is that Radiologic Technicians earn almost 31% less than Ultrasound Technicians. Sonographers also usually start their ultrasound careers at a higher rate of pay.

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Making Your Best Healthcare Career Choice

Each healthcare profession has advantages and disadvantages and understanding the differences can help with making the right career choice.

Pros and Cons as an Ultrasound Technician

The advantages of a career in Ultrasound Technology include the following:

  • More challenging work because images must be analyzed in real time so adjustments can be made to ensure optimal data capture
  • Higher level of responsibility in that imaging results are reviewed to determine if there are unexpected results indicating a need for further testing or medical evaluation
  • Starts at a higher wage than X-Ray Technology, and the upper pay scale is 35% higher
  • Spends more time with patients
  • Infrequent exposure to harmful chemicals
  • ARDMS requires earning 30 continuing medical education within 3 years after passing credentialing exam but then assigns a 10-year recertification period

The disadvantages of a career in Ultrasound Technology include the following:

  • May be required to rotate shifts and be on call
  • Wages vary significantly by geographic location
  • Mentally demanding because sonographers must consistently work at their highest performance level at all times to minimize errors or incorrect results

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Pros and Cons as an X-ray Technician

The advantages of a career in X-Ray Technology include the following:

  • Wide variety of career paths, i.e. physician offices, dental clinics, nursing homes, and so on
  • Usually hired to work a full-time schedule
  • Uses well-established and tested technology

The disadvantages of a career in X-Ray Technology include the following:

  • May be required to rotate shifts and be on call
  • Earns lower wages than Ultrasound Technician
  • Potential of exposure to radiation
  • Work may become relatively routine
  • Must stand for long periods of time
  • ARRT certified X-Ray Technicians must complete 24 continuing education credits every two years

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Though both careers are rewarding, the Ultrasound Technician tends to spend more time with people than the X-Ray Technician. That may be a deciding factor when choosing a career. Of course, some people are attracted to Ultrasound Technology because it pays more than Radiologic Technology. One important point to keep in mind is that sonography is a more portable technology because it does not use radiation, and that could equate to expanding opportunities as the national health care system grows with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. When choosing a career, it is important to always look ahead.

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