Licensed radiologic technologists are responsible for performing radiologic exams and routine x-ray exams, and analyzing all results, for patients. Those in this position follow strict safety and privacy protocols, have advanced skills with radiologic equipment and tools to properly diagnose illnesses, operate basic computer equipment, and are knowledgeable of calibration of various radiologic devices. They maintain regular contact with providers of radiology supplies and defer all issues with patient care or equipment to the appropriate radiology manager. They must also be able to stand for long periods of time and lift heavy objects on a regular basis.
Another aspect of the job involves assisting other physicians and nurses with patient exams before administering x-ray tests. These technologists must be organized, multitask well, and pay close attention to medical requirements to avoid possible cross-contamination with other devices. They must also know how to perform various maintenance and repair tasks for radiologic equipment as needed and have strong interpersonal skills to provide great patient care.
Licensed radiologic technologists generally report their progress to the radiologic supervisor in their department and share data and lab space with other technologists to meet all clinical and radiologic standards within specific time-frames. A bachelor's degree in radiology or a related field and licensing as a radiologic technologist are almost always required for the job, and industry certifications are also beneficial.
Licensed Radiologic Technologist Tasks
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.
Explain process and position patient for scan; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
Review and evaluate film and images to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.