Radiologist assistants work in the radiology departments of hospitals and private imaging centers to assist radiologists, track their schedules, greet patients, explain procedures, and transport them to imaging rooms where the radiologist will begin work.
Some employers require radiologist assistants to briefly record patients' histories and prepare imaging rooms between patients, as well as clean various instruments used by radiologists, and computer skills are important in this position to record data and other information. Radiologist assistants must be knowledgeable of HIPAA and all relevant safety guidelines, and customer service and interpersonal skills are also beneficial.
A high school diploma or equivalent is often a minimum requirement for this position, and some employers prefer those with vocational school training and CPR certification. These assistants must be able to follow instructions and work in a team environment, and communication skills are also beneficial. They are encouraged to participate in relevant education activities, such as college courses or relevant conferences, and some may be required to train and coach new radiologist technicians.
Radiologist Assistant Tasks
Review data and flag and forward problematic symptoms or emergent conditions.
Interview patients and explain procedures, risks, and reasons.
Troubleshoot review of radiology data and information, particularly for complex cases.
Review procedures and medical records to assist and verify exam procedures.
Monitor vital signs and maintain equipment.