X-Ray Technologist Salary
The average pay for an X-Ray Technologist is $22.60 per hour. A skill in Computed Tomography (CT) is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Job Description for X-Ray Technologist
X-ray technologists work at hospitals, private practices, and other health care organizations, taking X-rays of patients to help health care professionals identify any issues that may exist and analyze patients' progress. Some ways X-rays are used include analyzing broken bones, performing mammograms, analyzing bone diseases, investigating heart problems, and looking at teeth for dental exams.Read More...
The specific duties performed by an X-ray technologist depend on the position and institution. Generally, in addition to taking the actual X-rays, the technologist also completes processing. In some cases, the technician may be required to write reports detailing suggestions on diagnoses - as well as whether further analysis is required - that are then passed onto doctors. Often, patient records and files are organized by the X-ray technologist. The technologist must keep the laboratory area clean and be able to help patients feel comfortable and clearly walk them through the X-ray process.
Minimum education requirements for this position usually include completion of a radiology technology program and subsequent certification. Previous experience in a related role may be required or preferred as well. X-ray technologists may work full time or part time, and hours vary depending on their employer's needs and hours of operation.
X-Ray Technologist 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.
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