Medical Imaging and Therapeutics Field

Health practitioners in these fields use leading-edge technology to extend the ability of health professionals to improve diagnoses and document or deliver treatment for disease.

Get a Closer Look at Health Challenges

With the power to see inside the human body, we can help detect, diagnose, and treat disease earlier and more accurately. Medical imaging and therapeutics offer a wide range of opportunities to help patients solve healthcare challenges. It also offers a rich variety of career options. Medical imaging is actually an umbrella term for a number of different healthcare specialties. The path you choose depends on the patients, settings, technology, and health challenges that interest you.

Would a Career in Medical Imaging and Therapeutics Suit You?

Healthcare professionals in medical imaging and therapeutics will find opportunities at clinics, hospitals, health centers, and research labs. Here are some of the fields that fall under the umbrella of medical imaging and therapeutics. You can advance your career in any of these at MCPHS.

  • Computed Tomography (CT). CT technologists expand on their expertise in nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, or radiography to acquire 3D imaging studies to help diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions such as cancer.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography. In diagnostic medical imaging, or sonograms, technologists often perform the first imaging tests to detect and understand a medical condition or give new parents-to-be a first look at their unborn baby.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). With MRIs, the gold standard for non-invasive, non-radiative imaging, technologists use a powerful magnetic field and radio wave pulses to create high-resolution cross-sectional images of the human anatomy.
  • Mammography. Mammographers use x-ray technology to assist in the early detection of breast cancer and often collaborate with sonographers, radiologists, nurses, patient navigators, and breast surgeons.
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT). Nuclear medicine technologists employ radionuclides to gain a better understanding of the physiology of various diseases, facilitating both diagnosis and treatment.
  • Radiation Therapy. Half of all cancer patients receive some form of radiation treatment, and radiation therapists are responsible for deciding the best way to aim the radiation and position the patient for optimal results.
  • Radiography. Radiographers are responsible for capturing clear images of areas of medical concern, whether taking diagnostic x-rays during surgery, dealing with health crises in the emergency room, or helping doctors reach diagnoses in private, out-patient clinics.
  • Respiratory Therapy. Respiratory therapists (RTs) examine, assess, and treat patients who have difficulty breathing, often as a result of conditions such as undeveloped lungs, asthma, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis.

MCPHS also offers master’s degrees in radiologic and imaging sciences that enables registered technologists and therapists to advance their careers and grow professionally.

The study of medical imaging and therapeutics at MCPHS is fascinating, hands-on, and highly collaborative.

Student in MCPHS Diagnostic Medical Sonography lab.

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