The Medical Imaging Program at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences is an accredited 27 month certificate program that offers students the exceptional classroom and clinical experiences in preparation for an exciting career in imaging.
For more than 50 years, the Program has educated women and men who have continued to serve in every field of radiologic imaging, both here at Reading Hospital and in locations across the nation.
The fast-paced, ever-changing profession of radiography allows imaging professionals to utilize technical, scientific, and interpersonal skills when providing compassionate radiologic care for their patients. Through the performance of high quality radiologic exams, radiographers play an integral role in assisting their patient's achievement of health. A great deal of personal and professional satisfaction can be realized as this information, critical for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, is acquired. To begin an exciting career in Medical Imaging, apply to the Program at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences.
Our program satisfies the requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
The Radiologic Technology Program is based within the Department of Radiology at The Reading Hospital. Background on this large Hospital department is important to understanding the student experience.
A staff of 19 radiologists is supported by two radiation physicists and 130 radiologic technologists, working in four functional sections: diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiation oncology.
Diagnostic Radiology, the largest section, provides imaging services to the community, performing more than 225,000 examinations each year. Students have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of equipment in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Specialty imaging areas are available to the student on the Hospital campus, including: Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound, and Interventional Radiology, where diagnostic and interventional studies of blood vessels are performed.
The Department also offers off-site facilities at a number of locations throughout the county. Students currently do not rotate through these sites.
Nuclear Medicine is a branch of radiology utilizing radioactive materials called radiopharmaceuticals to functionally image body parts. The most current technology is used to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures numbering more than 9,000 per year.
Radiation Oncology uses high-energy radiation – such as x-rays, gamma rays, and electron beams – in the treatment of disease, primarily cancer. Treatment planning involves the radiation therapist, radiation oncologist, medical dosimetrist, and clinical physicist working together to determine the exact disease location and the optimal technique for treatment.
Daily treatments are performed utilizing high-energy linear accelerators. Therapists in this area perform more than 17,000 treatments per year.