Radiologic technicians work with x-rays, cat scans, or other medical devices used to scan the human body for any abnormalities or changes. They must be able to take care of people of all age groups, from children to elderly people. The physical work involved in this job will be mildly strenuous, as there may be some transferring of patients from a stretcher to the examination table. Mental stress is also present, as a well-rounded understanding of the equipment, a general understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and a general understanding of CPR and BLS are necessary.
Other knowledge required includes that of computer systems, such as Cerner or Pacs. These systems will differ from employer to employer, and education after hiring may or may not be provided. This position will generally be in either a hospital or a free-standing building that is solely used for radiological scanning. The position will require a certificate from an accredited radiological technological program, as well as a minimum of an associate’s degree in radiological technology or a related field. The job will typically involve three 12-hour shifts per week.
Regarding specifics of the job, the technician will have the patient come down to the radiological lab and perform whichever procedure the doctor has ordered. The patient will then be given instructions after the procedure.
Radiologic Technician 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.