Radiological Technology: University of Toronto Joint Program
Radiological Technology: University of Toronto Joint Program:
at a glance
Degree & Advanced Diploma
March 1, 2015
Educated in anatomy and physiology, patient positioning, equipment protocols, radiation safety and protection, and fundamental patient care skills, Radiological Technologists often specialize in a particular area of diagnostic imaging. They work in a variety of different environments, including:
- Practicing and providing care to patients in hospitals and private clinics
- Contributing to scientific advances within the profession by performing research studies
- Regulating radiation safety practices and working for government and other agencies
- Advancing into administrative and management positions
- Digital imaging systems administration
- Specializing in sales or new product development with commercial companies
- Educating future professionals in the medical radiation sciences
Radiological technology is the production of medical images commonly called X-rays, of internal organs and structures. They are produced by passing a small, highly controlled amount of radiation through the human body, and capturing the resulting image on an image recording device. When X-rays penetrate the body, they are absorbed in varying amounts by different parts of the anatomy. Bones, for example, will absorb much of the radiation and, therefore, appear white or light gray on the image, whereas soft tissue absorbs little radiation and appears dark.
Contrast media are sometimes used to enhance certain organs and structures that otherwise are not visualized on medical X-ray images.
The field of radiological technology also includes therapeutic procedures, often referred to as interventional radiology. Interventional Radiology is used in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease.
Some Examples of Radiological Technology:
- General Radiology is used to detect bone fractures and pathological processes, locate foreign objects in the body, and demonstrate the relationship between bone and soft tissue.
- Fluoroscopy produces real-time X-ray images. Fluoroscopy is used in conjunction with contrast media to enable visualization of internal structures such as the gastrointestinal tract, blood vessels and various organs during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Fluoroscopy is also performed in the operating room during surgery providing the surgeon visual guidance for various surgical procedures.
- Computerized Tomography produces cross-sectional and 3-dimensional images of various structures in the body
- Angiography uses contrast agents to examine the heart and blood vessels
- Mammography produces radiographic images of the breast to detect cancer in its earliest stages
- Radiological Technologists play an integral role in the detection of injury and disease; they are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations, including mammography and computerized tomography.
- Radiation Technologist are detail-oriented and enjoy applying their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and mathematics; Radiological Technologists are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced.
- Radiological Technologists work closely with patients, doctors, and other health professionals as part of the interdisciplinary health care team.
- Radiological Technologists use cutting-edge medical imaging technology and advanced computer systems to produce and enhance radiographic images.
- Radiological technology offers many areas of specialization
- computed tomography (CT)
- diagnostic visceral and peripheral angiography with interventional radiology
- neuroradiology or trauma radiography
- mammography (breast imaging)
- electronic image management (PACS)
- Radiological Technologists are vital members of the interprofessional health care team devoted to patient care. Technologists must have the technical expertise to operate sophisticated instruments, but must also have the humanistic skills necessary to communicate with patients, problem-solve, and work well with other members of the health care team.
The joint University of Toronto/Michener Radiological Technology Degree/Advanced Diploma program is a three-year full time program. There is one intake each year, in September, and courses are held at both UofT’s downtown campus and at Michener.
Graduates earn a BSc in Medical Radiation Sciences from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Radiological Technology from The Michener Institute and may pursue advanced studies at Michener, including:
Applicants to the Radiological Technology University of Toronto Joint Program must possess specific qualifications in order to be eligible for admissions. Please visit our Admissions Requirements by Program page for details.See Admissions Requirements
The fee policy for Canadian students can found on the Canadian Tuition Fees web page.
The fee policy for International Students can found on the University of Toronto, Radiation Oncology – Finances web page.
When you enroll in the Radiological Technology program at Michener, you will study a wide range of subjects, including general radiography (x-ray imaging of the chest, abdomen and skeleton), radiographic and fluoroscopic imaging of the body systems (an imaging procedure that allows live “real-time” x-ray viewing of the patient), and computed tomography (x-rays that produce cross-sectional images of the body). Most courses incorporate hands-on learning – so you get to practice and learn the skills necessary for your future career. Aside from profession specific skills and knowledge, you will also learn about the Canadian health care system, the importance of interprofessional health care delivery, and how to provide your patients optimal care; many of these courses are taught in a collaborative environment, allowing you to learn from, about, and with other health care professional students.
Semester 1 – Fall
Semester 2 – Winter
Semester 3 – Summer
Semester 4 – Fall
Semester 5 – Winter
Semester 6 – Summer
Semester 7 – Fall
Semester 8 – Winter
Note: The above curriculum is subject to change. Clinical education may be scheduled as simulation experience at Michener or as placement in clinical environments with our clinical partners.
Selectives give you some expertise in specialized fields of practice such as MRI, ultrasound, health education, specialized radiation therapy methods, and computer-assisted image analysis, and may allow you to fast track certain advanced level programs.
Length: 38 weeks
Year 1 : Summer Semester (8 weeks)
Year 3 : Fall and Winter Semesters (30 weeks)
At the end of the first year of the program, you will be placed in an affiliated clinical site for an eight-week period in May and June. In the third year of the program, you will be placed at the same site for two full semesters (30 weeks).
As clinical education is a major component of all Michener programs, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include teaching and community hospitals, in Ontario. Working closely under the supervision of Radiological Technologists, you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills into practice during the clinical phase of your program. Clinical placements give you hands-on experience in work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.
Clinical partner sites and number of student placement allocations at each site are subject to change and are confirmed at the time of your placement. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement. In addition, you agree to comply with the following mandatory requirements which must be completed prior to the start of your clinical placement:
- First Aid and CPR Certification for Health Care Providers
- N95 Mask Fit Testing
- Updated Vulnerable Persons Check (also required upon admission)
- Updated TB Test (also required upon admission)
Michener highly recommends all students be vaccinated with influenza vaccine. This vaccine may be mandatory at some clinical sites. Students must follow clinical site protocol.
The Radiological Technology program is a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accredited program and has achieved 6 years accreditation status in 2013. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that programs enable their students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as competent health practitioners for the benefit of all Canadians. Accreditation, an external validation of program quality, is the public recognition that an educational program has met national standards. Graduating from an accredited program means that:
- your education has met national standards
- your program has patient care and student welfare at the forefront
- your education is relevant to current medical practice
- your have access to professional registration
- you have attained the competencies required for entry to practice
- your education is recognized by employers and the public
- you have greater mobility as a health science practitioner
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At The Michener Institute, professors make a genuine effort to teach you, whether it’s 1-on-1 or in small groups. The classes are small, a lot more interactive, and you feel a sense of accomplishment every single day. Hearing about this from previous students in Rad Tech really gained my interest and being here I can tell you that this is completely true. Also the fact that you complete a Radiation Science degree, but are taught mostly at Michener is a bonus.
I had heard of Michener from a friend and knew of its many programs and good reputation. I thought the x-ray program looked great and since I had already done a lot of school I liked that it was a shorter 3 year program (as opposed to 4 years) with a lot of clinical experience. I chose Michener because of this and I thought that it's location in Toronto and association with U of T would provide me with excellent educational and clinical opportunities. I also really love living in Toronto and wanted to stay in the city.