Clinical specialists in medical imaging work primarily for public or private hospitals, private radiology practices, and other facilities, and some may specialize in specific areas such as ultrasounds, MRIs, or pediatrics. They often work as members of health care teams and are responsible for producing high-quality medical images.
These specialists assist physicians and other medical specialists in describing and diagnosing images taken of sick or injured patients. They must be organized and pay close attention to details, and they may be required to respond to medical inquiries from both internal and external customers. They may also assist with establishing policies and procedures related to medical information.
Advanced computer skills are important in this position. Because images are taken using high-technology equipment, these specialists must be skilled and experienced with such equipment and able to troubleshoot minor problems and malfunctions.
Candidates should have at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant medical field, and many employers prefer that candidates have exceptional knowledge of biology, as well. Both written and verbal communication skills are important, and they must follow strict safety guidelines from their employers and government agencies related to working with radiation. They may be required to wear special attire and must follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety rules and regulations. They are encouraged to keep their skills up-to-date by attending classes and reading relevant professional journals, and some may need to train new clinical specialists.
Clinical Specialist, Medical Imaging Tasks
Utilize imaging equipment to obtain diagnostic information for physicians.
Process, transmit and annotate patient images.
Document equipment information, repairs and needs.
Maintain, repair, update, troubleshoot and support imaging equipment usage.