A CAT scan technologist processes CAT scans and captures images. The technologist may also be expected to carry out general x-ray procedures. The work may be done in a clinical, hospital, or private practice environment. Sometimes, the environment may be stressful, as work may be done in cooperation with an emergency room.
The technologist will often be expected to explain the procedures to the patient, so strong communication skills are important. These skills will also come in handy when communicating with other medical personnel, so that the best care can be delivered. Findings from diagnostic studies and changes in the patient’s status should be communicated to the patient’s physician and other coordinating medical personnel.
The technologist will have completed study in a radiologist program, which usually will have resulted in an associate’s degree. It is important to have knowledge of state and federal regulations and to comply with them at all times. It is important to minimize hazards, such as unnecessary radiation, burns, and electric shock. It also necessary to determine how the scans should be positioned and how the body should be shielded. The technologist should also carry out periodic maintenance of the machines and troubleshoot them whenever necessary. Some evening, weekend, and holiday hours may be necessary due to the nature of the work, as some institutions require a CAT scan technologist to be on duty at all times.
CAT Scan Technologist Tasks
Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
Calibrate, maintain and troubleshoot radiologic equipment.
Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
Perform an array of computerized tomographic scanner processes.
Operate CT scanner to provide cross-sectional images and data for medical treatment and diagnosis.