A computed tomography (CT) technologist is a medical-imaging specialist who is responsible for running the equipment necessary to obtain images of clients needed by medical professionals providing care. CT technologists are directed by medical professionals to take an image of particular area of the patient.
After meeting the patient - in which the technologist must have a friendly demeanor that assuages any potential patient fears - the CT technologist explains the basics of the test to the patient and answers any questions the patient may have. When the patient is prepared, the CT technologist helps them into the testing apparatus and appropriately braces and stabilizes the patient. Then, the CT technician activates the imaging machine and observes the patient during the imaging process; they subsequently help the patient to exit the imaging apparatus before reviewing the obtained image(s) and properly annotating and recording them. Finally, the CT technologist sends the images to the requesting medical professional and offers any insight into the images that the medical professional desires.
CT technologists must be able to run a variety of medical imaging devices in accordance to procedures and standards that are established by law and medical ethics. To be appropriately trained in these procedures and standards, CT technologists must have an American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification and must have completed a two-year radiology program. CT technologists must be able to work flexible hours, due to the patient-driven nature of the medical profession.
Computed Tomography (CT) 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.