X-ray technicians who are sometimes called “radiological technologists” or “radiographers” explain x-ray procedures to patients and make sure that they remove any jewelry or objects that could interfere with the x-rays. Then they position the patient so that x-rays taken of the patient’s bones andor tissue will be sufficiently clear for physicians who want to diagnose the patient’s disorder or disease. X-ray technicians must be experienced at operating x-ray equipment and also developing the film. They are trained to adhere strictly to all safety procedures so that neither patients nor they themselves will be exposed to large amounts of radiation. Some x-ray technicians specialize in computerized tomography (CT scans) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs). X-ray technicians are employed in hospitals doctors’ offices outpatient centers and diagnostic imaging centers. Some drive mobile x-ray vans for patients that cannot come to a hospital or office. There are numerous accredited training programs for individuals that want to become x-ray technicians. According to the website www.ehow.com they can complete a one-year certificate program or earn a two-year associate’s degree in x-ray technology. However those with a four-year bachelor’s degree in radiography have the greatest opportunities for advancement in the profession. Most states require x-ray technicians to be licensed and for this purpose x-ray technicians must pass a certification exam that is administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Even after they earn a certificate or degree however x-ray technicians must take continuing education courses to learn about new technological advances and to keep apprised of safety issues when using new equipment. The website www.buzzle.com says that salaries for x-ray technicians depend on years of experience education and range of skills location and employer. Many work on an hourly basis earning between $15 and $24.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Operates x-ray machines.
Follows proper safety protocol.
Explains x-ray procedures to patients.
Positions patients at the best angles for x-rays.
|Also Called:||Radiologic Technologist