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Medical imaging is a crucial tool for better diagnosis of patients and effective cures. It is, In fact, considered among the most important modern medical innovations by healthcare professionals worldwide. Imaging allows physicians to catch diseases earlier, decrease hospitalization, and replace invasive surgeries.

For career-seekers with no previous experience or education in this healthcare field, enroll in the radiography associate degree program. Those with a radiography education may enroll in advanced certificate programs.

Joint Agreements

Students who live outside ECC’s district may be able to enroll in these instructional programs at in-district tuition rates through a joint agreement. Be sure to visit elgin.edu/jointagreements for more information. More»

Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students applying to the health professions programs must provide a valid social security number in order to complete the criminal background check required by clinical agencies and to take licensing/certification exams. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test will be denied admission to health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test while enrolled in health professions programs will be dismissed from the program.

Radiography Program

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Radiographers or radiologic technologists are hands-on members of the health care team. Radiologic procedures are vital to the diagnosis of many injuries and medical conditions, and the responsibility for quality imaging lies greatly with the radiologic technologist. When a patient is having an x-ray or other diagnostic imaging procedure, the radiographer positions the patient, operates the equipment to record the image, and then provides the image to a radiologist for diagnosis.

Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Radiography degree, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensure by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Division of Nuclear Safety (IEMA DNS).


Enrollment Details For Radiography Program

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ECC's radiography program is a JRCERT-accredited associate degree program which provides accessible and relevant education in accordance with the highest professional standards. The program, in partnership with its clinical affiliates, will provide the healthcare community with competent radiographers that practice quality patient care.

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Advanced Certificate Programs

These program choices offer a great way to enhance your radiography credentials, qualify for higher wages, and speed up your career path.

Computed Tomography (CT) Program

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Computed tomography technologists use a rotating X-ray unit to obtain “slices” of anatomy at different levels within the body. A computer then stacks and assembles individual slices, creating a diagnostic image inside the body’s organs, a view not possible with general radiography.

Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded a Basic Vocational Certificate in Computed Tomography, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensure by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Division of Nuclear Safety (IEMA DNS).

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program

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These technologists operate magnetic resonance equipment which exposes the atoms in a patient’s body to a strong magnetic field. The technologist applies a radiofrequency pulse to the field, which knocks the atoms out of alignment. When the technologist turns the pulse off, the atoms return to their original position. The process gives off signals that are measured by a computer and processed to create detailed images of the patient’s anatomy.

Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded a Basic Vocational Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensure by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Division of Nuclear Safety (IEMA DNS).

Mammography Program

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Mammographers work with sophisticated low-dose X-ray equipment to produce both screening and diagnostic images of the breast to help identify masses and other abnormalities in and around the breast. They must be highly accurate in their positioning and exposure techniques to optimize the image and maintain radiation safety standards.

Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded a Basic Vocational Certificate in Mammography, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensure by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Division of Nuclear Safety (IEMA DNS).

Enrollment Details For Advanced Certificate Programs

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ECC's advanced imaging programs in magnetic resonance, computed tomography and mammography provide accessible and relevant education in accordance with the highest professional standards. The programs, in partnership with their clinical affiliates, will provide the healthcare community with competent advanced imaging technologists that provide high quality images and excellent patient care.

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