Radiologic Technologists

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient’s blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

Common job titles of Radiologic Technologists include:

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.

  • 63.08% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 23.53% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video tape, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.

    Coordinate work with clerical personnel or other technologists.

    Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.

    Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.

    Record, process, and maintain patient data or treatment records and prepare reports.

    Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.

    Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.

    Prepare and administer oral or injected contrast media to patients.

    Collaborate with other medical team members, such as physicians or nurses, to conduct angiography or special vascular procedures.

    Position and immobilize patient on examining table.

    Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.

    Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.

    Provide assistance in dressing or changing seriously ill, injured, or disabled patients.

    Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.

    Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.

    Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.

    Assign duties to radiologic staff to maintain patient flows and achieve production goals.

    Remove and process film.

    Perform administrative duties, such as developing departmental operating budget, coordinating purchases of supplies or equipment, or preparing work schedules.

    Perform scheduled maintenance or minor emergency repairs on radiographic equipment.

    Measure thickness of section to be radiographed, using instruments similar to measuring tapes.

    Operate fluoroscope to aid physician to view and guide wire or catheter through blood vessels to area of interest.

    Demonstrate new equipment, procedures, or techniques to staff and provide technical assistance.


X ray machines

X ray imaging charge-coupled device CCD cameras

X ray image intensifier television systems

X ray calipers

X ray bone densitometers

X ray beam restriction devices

Venipuncture needles

All Tools


Tabletop film processors

Tablet computers


Subcutaneous hypodermic needles


Self-contained film processors

Scan converters


Rapid film changers

Radiation protection devices

Radiation measurement badges

Power injectors

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography PET/CT scanners

Portable x ray machines

Portable ultrasound scanners

Portable film processors

Portable densitometers

Picture archiving and communication systems PACS

Personal computers

Patient immobilizing devices

Oxygen equipment

Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters

Notebook computers

Mobile image amplifier C-arms

Mercury blood pressure units

Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment

Magnetic tape recorders

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI audio and visual intercommunication systems

Intravenous IV tubing

Intravenous IV syringes

Intravenous IV locks

Intramuscular needles

Intensifying screens

Image storage systems

Image capturing and transmission systems

Hypodermic needles




Film processing equipment

Film cassettes

Enema equipment

Electronic blood pressure units

Electrocardiography EKG units

Digital transmission densitometers

Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM system equipment


Diagnostic ultrasound equipment

Desktop computers




Computed tomography CT scanners

Computed tomography CT audio and visual intercommunication systems

Compression bands


Automatic x ray film processors

Automated defibrillators


Medical condition coding software

MEDITECH software

Diagnostic and procedural coding 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

All Technologies

Information management subsystem software

Information systems integration software

Internet or intranet image distribution software

Medical procedure coding software

Medical software

Practice management software PMS

Structured data entry software

Virtual reality computed tomography CT imaging software


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.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


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

Social Perceptiveness

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

Critical Thinking

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


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


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making

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

Operation Monitoring

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

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Active Learning

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

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.


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

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

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