About the Profession

The radiologist assistant (RA) is an advanced practice imaging sciences professional educated to assist the radiologist in the delivery of high quality health care.  Shortages of radiologic technologists and radiologists, a soaring demand for imaging procedures, and the rapid expansion of new technology have made the RA a desirable and sought after health care professional.

The RA is an American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certified radiographer who has completed an advanced academic program and works as a physician extender under the supervision of the radiologist.  As an advanced-level practitioner, the RA helps to improve productivity, increase patient access to radiologic services, enhance the quality of patient care, and ensure a high quality diagnostic imaging environment.


The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in the radiologic imaging sciences to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Advances in technology, the aging of the population, and increases in the demand for health care will ensure the continuing need for diagnostic imaging professionals.

RAs may work for radiology physician groups or, especially in rural areas, hospitals may employ RAs. Radiology groups and hospitals may also share the employment of RAs.


  •   Recognition as an advanced practice professional career advancement
  •   Opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology
  •   Hands-on participation in medical advances
  •   Ability to specialize within the imaging sciences
  •   Excellent salary and work schedule
  •   National credentialing as an RA