A radiology technologist works in a clinical environment (such as a hospital) that uses x-rays, radiological equipment, and fluroscoping equipment. They work alongside clinicians and doctors to ensure that the physicians receive necessary diagnostic imaging required to administer treatment. They also work with with patients in a friendly, compassionate manner as they get the equipment poised to shoot at the proper angles while causing the least amount of discomfort possible.
The radiology technologist also ensures that the film is developed properly and presents clear, usable information for the medical professionals using it to help make treatment decisions. They are also responsible for labeling the film and categorizing it. This imaging must then be integrated into the patient’s records accurately, which is another responsibility of the radiological technician. Additionally, the radiology technician is expected to follow organizational standards and practices to ensure patient safety; radiological equipment can be dangerous if used incorrectly, and the technician must follow all procedures to make sure ensure patient safety during these diagnostic procedures. They must also follow standards related to patient confidentiality.
Radiology technologists normally receive technical or vocational school education for this job. Additionally, there are a variety of certifications required for technicians, and these certifications and accompanying testing must be periodically renewed and kept up to date. Radiology techs may work a variety of hours. In clinics, for example, the technician may work regular business hours; in a hospital setting, they may work shifts during or outside of regular business hours.
Radiology 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.