Ultrasound and X-Ray Programs at Ontario Colleges
What to expect from a career in Imaging, Ultrasound and Radiation Technology
Ultrasound and x-ray professionals play an important role in the medical industry, assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases by producing and interpreting diagnostic images. Ontario college ultrasound and x-ray programs offer training in a wide range of imaging focus areas to prepare students for careers as sonographers or radiation technologists or to build on their current imaging training.
If you re interested in starting a career using x-rays or ultrasounds, or you want to upgrade your current industry skills, here s what you need to know. More
Ultrasound and X-Ray Courses
- Ultrasound and Sonography. Ultrasound programs explore the use of high-frequency sound waves to create images, which are used to monitor pregnancies and uncover abnormalities within the body. Through lab and class work, students will learn to operate ultrasound and sonographic equipment and interpret results.
- Medical Radiation Technology. Radiation technology programs focus on specialized techniques and body positioning to produce clear x-ray images that will help lead to a diagnosis. Course topics include radiological protocols, patient care and management, imaging processing, x-ray equipment operation and quality control.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI programs build on the skills taught in medical radiation programs, preparing students to operate magnetic resonance imaging equipment (an advanced form of imaging technology).
General Ultrasound and X-Ray Program Requirements
Ultrasound and radiation (x-ray) program requirements vary depending on the program level and institution. For entry-level programs, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent is required, which includes a grade 12 English credit and often multiple senior math, physics and science credits.
Ultrasound and X-Ray Jobs and Salaries
Professional examinations are a necessity for working in both ultrasound and x-ray jobs. Those who want to work in ultrasound and sonography must take exams through the Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers .
- Emergency and operating rooms
- Private medical practices
- Education and research institutions
- Specialized treatment centres
The average starting salary for x-ray and ultrasound jobs is between $47,000 and $54,000 per year, with the potential to be much higher as your level of expertise grows.
Ontario Colleges Offering Ultrasound and X-Ray Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of ultrasound and x-ray programs at Ontario colleges. Less