Typically working alongside and assisting radiologists, a lead radiologic technologist performs the regular duties required of technicians in this field. This person also will typically be the person who helps supervise and train other radiologic techs. Additionally, this person helps resolve any issues between this staff and radiologists, RN's, and other medical professionals in a hospital or clinic.
Radiologic technologists typically assist in the creation of images in patients that medical professionals will use for diagnostic purposes. The tech will normally use x-ray machines, MRIs, CAT scanners, and other sophisticated imaging devices. The radiologic tech works under the direction of a radiologist to ensure that usable images are created as specified by the medical professional who ordered the procedure. The techs help position patients, talk them through the imaging procedure itself, and explain and answer any questions regarding the image-gathering process. Persons in this position typically must have excellent interpersonal, "bedside manner" skills.
To work in the radiologic field, a person typically will seek vocational or post-secondary school training related to this specific work. In order to be considered for a lead position as a technologist, most healthcare providers will want candidates who have already shown competency as a radiologic technologist and an ability to work well with patients and other workers. A lead radiologic technologist should expect to work long hours in a clinical and technical laboratory environment.
Lead Radiologic Technologist Tasks
Assign, monitor and review progress and accuracy of work and provides technical guidance.
Leads team in the radiology technologist procedures of the department.
Review and evaluate film and images to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
Use radiation safety measures and protection devices for government regulations and patient safety.
As a trained technologist, operate radiology equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes under direction of a physician.