Radiography technologists usually operate an imaging machine, such as an x-ray machine, to diagnose injuries and diseases. They may also play a role in monitoring certain conditions and any progress made towards healing.
These technologists work directly with patients, so strong customer service and communication skills are important in this position to speak in knowledgeable but understandable terms. They should also help patients feel at ease, as some may be nervous throughout their procedures, and after images are obtained the technologist prepares a written report for medical providers, such as physicians, to elaborate on the images and help reach a diagnosis. They may also discuss these findings with other medical providers of the patient.
A high school diploma, radiography education, and current licensing obtained through testing are required for this position. While most radiography technologists work in a hospital or clinical environment, some are required to visit places such as nursing homes to carry out services. They must also calibrate and test their machines and perform periodic maintenance to ensure that they are running properly. This job may be performed during daytime or nighttime hours, and some jobs require them to be on-call.
Radiography Technologist Tasks
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.
Explain process and position patient for scan; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
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.