Radiologic technologists also known as “rad techs” or “radiographers” assist physicians who specialize in radiology. They follow the physician’s instructions as to the images that are needed in order for the physician to make an accurate diagnosis. They are knowledgeable about procedures such as CT (Computed Tomography) scans MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and ultrasounds (Diagnostic Medical Sonography). Radiologic technologists must have good communication and interpersonal skills because they must put patients at ease and tell them what to expect before during and after tests. They must also take care to protect the patient and themselves from any unnecessary radiation. Radiologic technologists must have physical stamina because they must maneuver and position patients correctly before procedures can begin. Radiologic technologists work mainly in hospitals but they are also employed by medical and diagnostic laboratories physicians’ offices and outpatient centers. According to the website www.careeroverview.com they need an associate’s degree with courses in biology physics mathematics and chemistry. They then complete a training program approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Formal training is offered at vocational and technical institutions colleges and universities and in some hospitals. Training programs include courses in subjects such as medical ethics and terminology anatomy and physiology and radiation physics and protection. The website www.bls.gov says that job opportunities for this profession are expected to grow at a faster than average rate. Those with knowledge of how to administer several procedures have the best job prospects. The average annual salary for this career is $55035.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Assists radiologist physicians.
Explains radiologic procedures to patients.
Positions patients for exams and tests.
Uses radiologic equipment to obtain images.
|Also Called:||Rad Tech