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  • Biomedical Careers

  • Objective BT09.01: Investigate laboratory careers and science.

    A.Clinical laboratory science1.Careersa.Pathologistb.Medical Technologist (Clinical Laboratory Scientist)c.Phlebotomist

  • 2.Associated terminologya.Microorganismsb.Hematologyd.Pathogense.Histology

  • Objective BT09.01: Investigate laboratory careers and science.

    B.Life Science1.General informationa.Life scientists or researchers study living organisms and life processesb.Many opportunities in research and development in health carec.Masters or doctoral level

  • 2.Specific careersa. Microbiologistb. Virologistc. Biochemist

  • Imaging careers & technologyMedical imaging1. Radiography: making film records of internal structures by passing radiographs or gamma rays through the body to make images on specially sensitized film

  • X-Rays

  • CT Scan

  • MRI

  • 2. Radiologic technologists (Radiographers)operate radiographic machinery, work under the direction of the radiologist, may specialize in one area of diagnosis or treatment.Responsibilities: transferring and positioning patients, administer opaque media (dye), maintain records, assist with special procedures such as arteriogram Radiation exposureFilm badge-records the level of exposure to radiological materialsGovernment regulates exposure

  • 3.RadiologistMedical Doctor who specializes in interpreting images to assist with diagnosisThe median expected salary for a typical Physician - Radiology in the United States is $354,686.

  • 4.Nuclear medicine technologist (NMT)Prepares and administers radioactive compounds

  • 5.Ultrasound technologist (Medical Sonographer)Produces two-dimensional images of internal organs, utilizing sound waves at high frequencyMinimum training is a 2 year community college

  • B.Related imaging personnel1.PhysicistAssist a physician with the care of patientsResponsible for establishing and supervising radiation safety programsRequires a Masters degree or Doctorate

  • 2.Medical dosimetristWork under the supervision of the medical physicistCalculate and plan radiation doses to treat cancer

  • 3.Electrocardiograph technician (EKG)Apply electrode leads on the patient to monitor or test the action of the heartMay learn on the job, at community colleges or vocational programs

  • 4.EchocardiographyRecording the position and motion of the heart walls or its internal structures using ultrasonic wavesRequires specialized training

  • 5. Electroencephalograph technician (EEG)Measure the electrical activity of the brain to aid in diagnosis of disordersRequires 1-2 years training and registration after completion of the program

  • Traditional vs. Digital

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