What’s the difference between Radiography and Radiation Therapy?

I am a 1st year college student, and am taking pre-requisites for the radiologic technologist program at my school, Pasadena City College. I’m also wondering if this is an accredited program? I am interested in the Nuclear Med field but heard that we must first become an RT first. I am clueless and any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Deva R says

    radio graphy – means sound noviation . radiation therapy -means example- laser treatment in medical filed.

  2. RadTech says

    Pasadena City College is accredited for radiography, yes.

    You do not need to be an RT before becoming a nuclear medicine tech or radiation therapist, but you can if you want to. You can go to school specifically for these fields.

    The differences:
    Radiographers use radiation (x-rays) to produce black-and-white images of anatomy.
    Nuclear Medicine Technologists administer trace amounts of radiopharmaceuticals to a patient to obtain functional information about organs, tissues and bone, then uses a special camera to detect gamma rays emitted by the radiopharmaceuticals and create an image of the body part under study.
    Radiation Therapists administer targeted doses of radiation to the patient’s body to treat cancer or other diseases.

    In California, these are the accredited schools for nuclear medicine:
    LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY
    CHARLES DREW UNIV OF MED & SCI
    VA PALO ALTO HEALTH CARE SYS
    KAISER PERMANENTE SCHOOL A.H.S
    UCSD MEDICAL CENTER
    HARBOR-UCLA MEDICAL CENTER

    These are the accredited schools for radiation therapy:
    CITY OF HOPE
    LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY MED CTR
    CALIF STATE UNIV – LONG BEACH
    FOOTHILL COLLEGE
    KAISER PERMANENTE SCHL OF AHS
    CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO