Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many people at the college major in Medical Imaging?
    In 2014, there were 59 students in clinical courses and 399 students taking pre-clinical courses.
  2. How many students are accepted into the clinical program for Diagnostic Medical Sonography each year?
  3. How many students are accepted into the clinical program for Magnetic Resonance Imaging each year?
  4. How many students are accepted into the clinical program for Nuclear Medicine Technology each year?
  5. How many students are accepted into the clinical program for Radiologic Technology each year?
  6. Are the medical imaging programs designed to help meet the needs of the rapidly growing healthcare Industry?
  7. Why did you want to begin this program at RIC?
    To provide options for students and to increase the education level of medical imaging practitioners in RI.
  8. Why did the program name change from Radiologic Technology to Medical Imaging (with several concentrations) in 2011?
    The Nuclear Medicine Technology program was added which requires similar cognate courses as Radiologic Technology. Since the first two years are similar it made sense for us to create the BS in Medical Imaging with the individual concentrations in the specialized areas. In January 2015, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging were added as concentrations.
  9. What is the difference between general education, cognate and clinical education courses?
    The general education classes are those which every student on campus takes. It is what defines your degree from RIC as a liberal arts degree. It is around 40 credits or 1/3 of your total college coursework. Cognates are courses required by a major but not offered by the major department. In the case of medical imaging, the cognates and general education coursework need to be completed in the first 2 to 2.5 years of the four year program. The clinical education courses for Radiologic Technology are 24 months of intensive clinical experiences while the clinical programs for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine Technology are 16 months.
  10. What is the national certification examination – is it like a culmination of knowledge, sort of like the final exam of the concentration? Can this exam only be taken once a student has completed the required clinical education courses?
    The certification exam is the national registry exam offered by the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists, Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, or American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Visit the certification board web sites for information on number of times exam may be taken.
  11. What are some examples of clinical education courses available to students (at any of the institutions that are offering them)?
    The clinical education courses can only be taken when a student has been formally accepted into one of the clinical programs. Examples include but are not limited to:
    RADT 255Patient Care Interventions for Allied Health
    RADT 305Skeletal Anatomy
    RADT 320Principles of Radiography I
    RADT 330Radiation Physics I
    RADT 440Cross Sectional Anatomy
    RADT 411Clinical Education III/IV3
    RADT 425Ethics/Critical Thinking
    Typically, any accredited program in RT will have a similar set of courses although the names and timing of the courses may be different depending on the school. These courses are ONLY open to students accepted into the RT clinical program. Visit for additional information.
  12. The RIC College Catalog states that students must have completed "all required courses" with a minimum grade of C in each course. Does this refer to general education courses at RIC?
    No, they need to earn a C or better (not C-) in each cognate course.  They only need to pass the general education courses.
  13. Who is the program director of the Rhode Island Hospital School of Diagnostic Imaging?
    Ms. Ellen Alexandre (
  14. What does RT stand for?
    Radiologic Technology
  15. What is Computed Tomography?
    CT Scan = CATSCAN
  16. What is MI Management?
    Medical Imaging Management refers to a concentration in Medical Imaging that allows any registered technologist to obtain the additional coursework for a BS degree. You can become licensed as a registered technologist Associate degree or a certificate of clinical training. The MI Management option can be used to complete a student's education and brings them up to the baccalaureate level. It is required if an RT wants to begin teaching clinical students and can be a helpful career boost for those registered technologists who are interested in obtaining management positions.
  17. In the catalog under Certified MI Management, LS175 and SM175 are listed as transferred courses. What are these courses, and how are they beneficial to students?
    The LS and SM 175 are not courses in our catalog but are place holders on transcripts which indicate that a transfer student has gained the equivalent to our general education categories in laboratory science and science/math (soon to be Natural Science and Advanced Quantitative/Scientific Reasoning).
  18. What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)?
    Sonography, or ultrasonography, is the use of sound waves to generate an image for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. Many people associate sonography with obstetrics and the viewing of the fetus in the womb, but this technology has many other applications. Visit for additional information.
  19. What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?
    a. Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides the ability to view cross-sectional images of anatomical regions in any arbitrary plane. This is done through a non-invasive procedure that uses radio waves and strong magnetic fields-more than 20,000 times stronger than the earth's magnetism. MRI technologists integrate the fundamental principles of MRI safely into the field of medicine. Technologists must be proficient in MR physics, procedures, clinical applications, and cross-sectional anatomy and physiology. Visit for additional information.
  20. What is Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT)?
    Nuclear medicine, which includes molecular imaging, is the medical specialty that utilizes sealed and unsealed radioactive materials in the diagnosis and therapy of various diseases. This practice also includes the utilization of pharmaceuticals (used as adjunctive medications) and other imaging modalities with or without contrast to enhance the evaluation of physiologic processes at a molecular level. Nuclear medicine technologists are allied health professionals who, under the direction of an authorized user, are committed to applying the art and skill of their profession to optimize diagnostic evaluation and therapy through the safe and effective use of radiopharmaceuticals and adjunctive medications. Taken from Visit for additional information.
  21. What is Radiologic Technology (RT)?
    Radiologic technology is the use of x-rays to create images of the body. A radiologic technologist or radiographer, RT(R), is a highly skilled assistant to the radiologist (a physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases by the application of x-rays, radioactive materials and other forms of radiant energy). The radiographer performs imaging examinations of any part of the body. In order to take quality radiographs, the radiographer must have a good working knowledge of human anatomy, radiation physics, radiographic positioning, equipment operation and image processing. As a member of the health care team, the radiographer must understand and be concerned with quality patient care and medical ethics, and is dedicated to the prevention of disease and preservation of life. Visit for additional information.

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