Radiation Sciences, B.S. (Web-based)
The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences offers an on-line degree completion program for persons with clinic experience holding a professional credential in nuclear medicine, radiography, radiation therapy, or sonography. The degree offered is a web-based Bachelor of Science. All Classes are online to allow the working adult to obtain his/her bachelor degree.
Nuclear Medicine, BSMIRS
Nuclear Medicine is the profession that utilizes radiopharmaceuticals,
scintillation cameras and computers to image and quantify
various physiologic processes throughout the body. The
nuclear medicine technologist administers radiopharmaceuticals
to patients, positions them for images and operates the
cameras and computers to produce the images and analyze
the data. They have a detailed knowledge of radiation
safety procedures and regulations and radiopharmacy.
The images and data technologists obtain provide physicians
with information on injuries and disease processes affecting
organ function. In both the hospital and clinical setting,
nuclear medicine technologists perform general and cardiac
nuclear procedures on adult and pediatric patients.
Radiography is the profession in which diagnostic medical
images are made using x-rays and other radiations.
The radiographer may work independently or with a
to create images in the areas of computed tomography
(CT), magnetic resonance (MR), mammography, cardiovascular
interventional technology (CIT) and others. Radiographers
must exercise initiative and judgement in obtaining
the images necessary for adequate physician interpretation.
As with the other radiation science professions, the
patients’ confidence must be obtained while translating
a “high tech” process into a humane experience
that provides an unparalleled view of life.
Radiation Therapy, BSMIRS
Radiation Therapy is the profession in which radiations
are directed at diseased tissues in strictly controlled
circumstances to cure or palliate the disease. The radiation
therapist is in daily contact with the cancer patient,
positioning them for treatment, performing mathematical
calculations of radiation dosage and operating a variety
of equipment that produces ionizing radiation. Therapists
may also specialize in the area of treatment planning,
which includes design and construction of various treatment
devices, manual and computerized dose computations and
dose measurement procedures. The radiation therapist
has considerable responsibility in the area of patient
care and must be knowledgeable regarding the psychology
of dealing with terminally ill patients and their families.
Sonography is the profession that uses equipment that
generates high frequency sound waves to produce images
of the human body. Using imaging procedures and personal
initiative, the sonographer gathers data for interpretation
and evaluation by the physician. This profession includes
abdominal sonography, neurosonography, echocardiography,
obstetrical and pelvic sonography and vascular technology.
In each of these areas the sonographer must be knowledgeable
of expected pathology, applicable instrumentation and
results. The OUHSC sonography program is accredited in
both general and cardiac sonography and provides opportunity
for each student to obtain these subspecialty areas.
Clinical facility resources do not permit assignment
of all students to all subspecialty areas for advanced
competencies. Assignment for advanced competencies will
be made on the basis of available facilities and each
student’s performance in basic coursework.
Health Sciences, Medical Dosimetry, M.S.
The Department of Allied Health Sciences offers a Master
of Science degree program with a specialization in medical
dosimetry designed to provide advanced education, training,
and research to students desiring mastery in the area
of medical dosimetry.