Radiologic Technologists

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Also known as:  Computed Axial Tomography Technologist, Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner Operator, Radiologic Technician, Registered Radiologic Technologist, Skiagrapher, X-Ray Technician, Computed Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CT/MRI) Technologist, MRI Technologist

ABOUT RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST CAREERS

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One of marvels of modern medicine is the ability to see inside the human body without surgery or other invasive procedures. The experts who operate imaging equipment, such as x-ray machines, cat scans and MRIs, are radiologic technicians. Also called radiographers, their task starts with instruction ...
s from a physician to image a specific part of the body.

Patients may be anxious about the procedure and have questions. Technicians need to be good listeners and good communicators. After explaining the process, the technician helps position the patient, as well as the equipment. For some procedures, contrast agents will need to be prepared and administered and administered by injection.

Depending on the type of imaging, special protective gear may be used to save the patient from unnecessary exposure to radiation. Technicians also may need protection, such as lead aprons or shields. The technician sets the equipment for the appropriate detail and contrast and then takes the images.

With x-rays, they develop the film - although this process is increasingly being replaced by computer imaging, a much more efficient and higher-resolution process. While formal training can range from one to four years, two-year associate degree programs are the most common. Employment is mainly in hospitals, doctor's offices, and diagnostic centers.
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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.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
HIGH
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
Provide assistance in dressing or changing seriously ill, injured, or disabled patients.
Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
Position and immobilize patient on examining table.
Record, process, and maintain patient data or treatment records and prepare reports.
Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
Remove and process film.
Coordinate work with clerical personnel or other technologists.
Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
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Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
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Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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.
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Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
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Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
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.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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