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What is the difference between diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology?
Career / 2:24 PM - Tuesday November 24, 2009

what is the difference between diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology?

can i work as a diagnostic medical sonographer with diagnostic imaging? What is the difference between the two (diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology) and what would be a better field to go into overall. pros and cons of each.

- Asked by Female, 22-25

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radiation oncology is pretty much radiation therapy. you'd be working with people with cancer and giving them high doses of radiation in order to destroy malignant (cancerous) tissues in their body. the salary is excellent, like $70,000. however, depending on where you want to work, there are limited schools to go to and there are not a lot of people working in this field. so be careful. but, once you get into this field and are hired, you have a GREAT job. some programs are two years and some are 4.

sonography is different and you go to a different school program than radiation oncology. usually, it's a two year program. the salary is not as high, probably around $45,000 or so. i could be a little off. but, there are many more jobs available. you don't deal with radiation in sonography. it's a tool that uses sound waves.

- Response by hoppyish, A Thinker, Female, 29-35, New York, Law Enforcement

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diagnostic imaging (MRI) sites and locates the problem
Radiation Oncology treats the problem (ie cancer patients treatment)
for further understanding it is best u consult and speak with the staff who specialise in these fields.

- Response by berri, A Career Woman, Female, 46-55, New South Wales, Who Cares?

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Do you seriously think anybody on here knows anything about either of those two medical positions?

- Response by lacey07, A Life of the Party, Female, Who Cares?, Other Profession

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Isn't diagnostic imaging something about x-rays and mri's and the like? And radiation oncology is about treating cancer. I'm just guessing. You might try google for a question this technical.

- Response by falsehammer, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 29-35, Kansas City, Consulting

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