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The Vast Fields of Medical Specialty Careers

Updated on January 6, 2015

Are you at a cross road regarding your career? Whether you are a student faced with the question of “what field should I study” or a professional seeking to change your professional career, deciding on a career can be a challenge. It may be worth your while to consider the vast medical specialty field. This is a very exciting field of study that is very much in demand.

Medical Imaging

Consider Medical Imaging, which is the technique, process and art of creating visual representations of the interior of a body for clinical analysis and medical intervention. Medical imaging seeks to reveal internal structures hidden by the skin and bones, as well as to diagnose and treat disease. This is a fascinating field of study in which some have chosen to specialize in one or two modalities of Medical Imaging. Note the different modalities in this field.

Imaging Modalities

  • Radiography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • Elastography
  • Tactile imaging
  • Photoacoustic imaging
  • Thermography
  • Tomography
  • Echocardiography
  • Functional near-infrared spectroscopy

Once you decide which modality you would like to pursue as a career consider the education requirements.

Medical Imaging Requirements

Imaging technicians will need to take a program that is specific to the type of medical imaging they wish to do. An associate's degree is the most common prerequisite for employment in diagnostic imaging. Bachelor's degrees and postsecondary certificate programs are also available. Certification is available in many specialties, and licensure requirements vary by state and by specialty. Regardless of a state's requirements, employers often prefer to hire individuals who hold certification.

But perhaps Medical Imaging is not your cup of tea! As mentioned above the Medical Specialty field is vast, perhaps Internal Medicine or Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Gynecology or Neurology best suites you.

Other Medical Specialty Fields

Consider what these professionals do, Adolescent Medicine Specialist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases common to teenagers. Orthopedist diagnoses and treats patients with diseases of the muscles and bones. Cytotechnologist examines human cell samples under the microscope, looking for early signs of cancer and other diseases. A Medical Dosimetrist is a member of the oncology team who has knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology treatment machines and equipment. Art Therapist uses drawing, painting and other art processes to assess and treat clients with emotional cognitive, physical and or developmental needs and disorders. Occupational Therapist focuses on returning the patient to his or her maximal functioning in activities of daily living. Hepatologist diagnoses and treats liver disease. Urologists are ones who diagnoses and treats diseases of the urinary system in men and women and disorders of the male reproductive system.

Take Action

The best course of action is to do in-depth research on different specialty fields. Consider your natural ability, what is easy for you, is it math, computer, art, mechanics or some other field. It is important to take your personal likes and dislikes into account. Choose a specialty field that interests you the most. Once you have decided on a field of specialty that you want to pursue, investigate all of the need requirement and credential, then find the best school for your specialty field be sure to read all of the fine print so as to be well informed about the school of your choice. Once you have every thing in place start training in the Medical Specialty field that is best for you.

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