mariheartsmarco in Chicago, Illinois said: I also am in the same boat. I don't know if I should go into radiology technologist or medical diagnostic sonography? Are there many types of sonography specialties or can an AAS in medical diagnostic sonography cover the best options?if I go for rad tech can it be better to do first and then later sonography?
If you are not sure, I would definitely recommend going into radiology technologist. With radiology technologist, you can specialize into ultrasound, MRI, CT, PET, nuclear medicine, mammo, IR procedures and cardiac cath lab.
Although, rad techs start out making less money, once you specialize you will get paid more than ultrasound. If you just get ultrasound, you cannot specialize into the other modalities. There are not very many other modalities with ultrasound, pretty much just vascular and general/OB. There are other exams like breast and pediatrics but they aren't really a different modality. Those are just other exams that can be done but the department/modality/salary range doesn't really change. With ultrasound, you can pretty much just move into education or administration. You can't really specialize much further.
With that being said, I love ultrasound. I did not do rad tech first because I pretty much knew I only wanted to do ultrasound. However, I do see that is more or less a dead end field in terms of specializing. You can't branch into other modalities like you can with rad tech. Also, with a lot of radiology tech programs, you will get to shadow or see the other modalities. That way you can kind of see what you would be interested in.