Radiologic Technicians

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

11700+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.

Common job titles of Radiologic Technicians include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 66.91% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 26.31% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

Tasks

    Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.

    Position x-ray equipment and adjust controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.

    Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.

    Complete quality control activities, monitor equipment operation, and report malfunctioning equipment to supervisor.

    Provide assistance to physicians or other technologists in the performance of more complex procedures.

    Operate mobile x-ray equipment in operating room, emergency room, or at patient's bedside.

    Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.

    Explain procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.

    Transport patients to or from exam rooms.

    Prepare and set up x-ray room for patient.

    Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.

    Assist with on-the-job training of new employees or students or provide input to supervisors regarding training performance.

    Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.

    Provide students or other technicians with suggestions of additional views, alternate positioning, or improved techniques to ensure the images produced are of the highest quality.

    Perform general administrative tasks, such as answering phones, scheduling patient appointments, or pulling and filing films.

    Operate digital picture archiving communications systems.

    Maintain a current file of examination protocols.

    Coordinate work of other technicians or technologists when procedures require more than one person.

    Collect and maintain records of patients examined, examinations performed, patient medical histories, views taken, or technical factors used.

    Perform procedures, such as linear tomography, mammography, sonograms, joint and cyst aspirations, routine contrast studies, routine fluoroscopy, or examinations of the head, trunk, or extremities under supervision of physician.

    Provide assistance in radiopharmaceutical administration, monitoring patients' vital signs and notifying the radiologist of any relevant changes.

    Assure that sterile or non-sterile supplies, such as contrast materials, catheters, films, chemicals, or other required equipment, are present and in working order or requisition materials.

    Prepare contrast material, radiopharmaceuticals, or anesthetic or antispasmodic drugs under the direction of a radiologist.

Tools

X ray imaging charge-coupled device CCD cameras

X ray image intensifier television systems

X ray filters

X ray film processors

X ray calipers

X ray bone densitometers

X ray beam restriction devices

All Tools

Tabletop film processors

Tablet computers

Straps

Stationary x ray equipment

Self-contained film processors

Scan converters

Sandbags

Radiation measurement badges

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography PET/CT scanners

Portable x ray machines

Portable film processors

Portable densitometers

Picture archiving and communication systems PACS

Personal computers

Patient immobilization devices

Oxygen equipment

Notebook computers

Mobile image amplifier C-arms

Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment

Magnetic tape recorders

Lead shields/shielding equipment

Image storage systems

Image intensifiers

Image capturing and transmission systems

High-speed multislice computed tomography CT scanners

Grids

Fluoroscopes

Film cassettes

Enema equipment

Digital transmission densitometers

Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM imaging equipment

Diaphragms

Desktop computers

Cylinders

Cushions

Cones

Computed tomography CT scanners

Compression bands

Collimators

Automatic x ray film processors

Technologies

MEDITECH software

Diagnostic image review software

Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM software/modality management software

Electronic medical record EMR software

Film processor tracking and management software

GE Healthcare Centricity EMR

GE Healthcare ViewPoint Solutions

All Technologies

Information management subsystem software

Information systems integration software

Internet or intranet image distribution software

Practice management software PMS

Structured data entry software

Virtual reality computed tomography CT imaging software

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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