Special Procedures Radiology Technologist Salary
An average Special Procedures Radiology Technologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $27.63 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Special Procedures Radiology Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Special Procedures Radiology Technologists who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Special Procedures Radiology Technologist
Special procedures radiology technology is a specific sub-set of radiographic technology. Special procedures radiology technologists are responsible for assisting physicians and other clinicians as they perform procedures such as X-ray guided cardiac catheterizations, cardiac ablations, cardiac stinting, cardiac balloon placement, and diagnostic studies involving the use of dyes or contrast materials. These procedures are invasive, meaning that entry is made into veins or arteries with the infusion of a dye or contrast. These procedures are always done using sterile techniques in an operating room or surgical suite. The special procedures radiology technologist may also be expected to prepare for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving the area to be operated on.Read More...
To work as a special procedures radiology technologist, one must possess a two-year radiographic technologist degree or equivalent and be certified by the overseeing organization for that field, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). In addition, these technologists often have completed a certificate course in that area or have achieved the same status through on-the-job clinical training. Special procedures radiology technologists must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, work well on their own, and work well in a team setting.
Special Procedures Radiology Technologist Tasks
- Use radiation safety measures and protection devices for government regulations and patient safety.
- Review for clarity developed x-rays, video tape, or computer generated information for diagnostic purposes and physician interpretation.
- Explain procedure and monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
- Perform specialized procedures; interventional and angiography procedures using digital and conventional techniques.
- Operate radiologic and magnetic imaging equipment.
Common Career Paths for Special Procedures Radiology Technologist
Special Procedures Radiology Technologists who transition into an upper level Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologist makes $56K a year.
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Pay by Experience Level for Special Procedures Radiology Technologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $55K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $61K. Special Procedures Radiology Technologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. Special Procedures Radiology Technologists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $71K.
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