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Radiologic Technologist / Radiology Technician CareersWhat a Radiologic Technologist / Radiology Technician does:

Radiologic technologists, also known as radiographers or radiology technicians, are allied health care professionals responsible for performing diagnostic imaging procedures, such as X-ray examinations, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, and Computed Tomography (CT) scans.

The main duties of a Radiologic Technologist/Technician include:

- Taking x rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, Fluoroscopies, Mammograms, Computed Tomography (CT) scans and other radiologic diagnostic imaging procedures.
- Working closely with Physicians 
- Administering nonradioactive substances into a patients bloodstream for diagnostic purposes
- Producing x-ray films or radiographs
- Assisting in the diagnosis of medical problems
- Preparing patients for their procedure by removing jewelry and other items that distort x-rays
- Explaining the procedure to the patient
- Positioning the patient
- Preventing unnecessary radiation exposure to themselves, their patients, and their coworkers, by using lead shields, heavy aprons and other safety equipment.
- Positioning the radiographic equipment
- Developing the x-ray film or radiograph

Education & Qualifications:
Certificate, Associate Degrees, and Bachelor’s Degree Programs are available for Radiologic technologists, ranging from 1 to 4 years in length. Programs are held in hospitals, colleges and universities, with the two-year associate degree programs being the most common. One year certificate programs are often available in hospitals for qualified healthcare professionals who whish to change fields.

Typical subjects covered in a Radiologic Technologist/Technician program include: Radiation Safety, Patient Positioning, Anatomy, Examination Techniques, Radiation Protection, Equipment Protocols and Basic Patient Care.

Certification is voluntary and is available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Salary & Job Prospects:
Salaries are in the region of $40,000 - $75,000. Radiologic Technologists who work in specialty areas such as CT or MRI typically earn salaries at the higher end of the scale. The job prospects are excellent, and predicted to grow faster than the average job.

Radiologic technologists, who are certified and experienced in more than one diagnostic imaging procedure, will have the best employment opportunities.



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