Registered X-ray Technician Salary
A Registered X-ray Technician earns an average wage of $21.32 per hour.
Job Description for Registered X-ray Technician
X-ray technicians use technology to see the inside of the human body for medical purposes. X-ray technicians work with a wide variety of imaging technologies, such as fluoroscopy, film and digital mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized axial tomography (CT), and traditional x-ray machines. Some technicians specialize in the use of one or more types of this equipment, while others maintain general knowledge.Read More...
An associate’s degree and certifications from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, which can last for up to six months per program, may be minimum requirements for this position. Those who train in x-ray technology traditionally take courses in physics, anatomy and biology, as well as some minor study in phlebotomy and intravenous drug administration. Aspiring x-ray technicians must demonstrate various clinical procedures within three years of obtaining their associate’s degree and, in most states, are required to obtain a license prior to beginning work.
Many x-ray technicians work in small outpatient clinics and large hospitals, typically working long shifts on their feet for long periods of time. Some holiday and weekend work may be necessary due to the high demand for their services. X-ray technicians must always adhere to strict safety rules due to a high risk of exposure to radiation from the equipment they use, and this includes the use of protective clothing, shielding, and other safety procedures to minimize exposure risks.
Registered X-ray Technician Tasks
- Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
- Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
- Perform basic general x-rays of the chest, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, knee, foot or ankle under supervision of physician.
- Explain process and position patient for x-ray; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
- Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading instructions from physician.
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