Radiologic TechnicianJob Description:
Radiologic technicians, also known as radiologic technologists or radiographers, are healthcare professionals responsible for operating medical imaging equipment to create diagnostic images of a patient's bodyJob Category:
What you will do:
Here are the key responsibilities and activities typically associated with the role of radiologic technicians:
- prepare patients for medical imaging procedures
- explain the process and ensuring patient comfort and safety
- operate various medical imaging equipment, including X-ray machines, computed tomography (CT) scanners, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, and fluoroscopy equipment
- position patients and adjust the equipment settings to obtain the best possible diagnostic images. Proper positioning is crucial for accurate diagnosis
- review the images captured to ensure they meet diagnostic standards
- monitor patients during imaging procedures to ensure their well-being and address any concerns or discomfort
- maintain accurate records of procedures, patient information, and image quality
- perform routine equipment checks and maintenance to ensure that imaging equipment is functioning correctly
- medical skills
- science skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
To become a Radiologic Technician there are no specific qualifications required. However certain subjects and skills can be beneficial in preparing for your educational journey. Here are some subjects that can be valuable for aspiring Radiologic Technicians:
- Sciences: Strong grades in biology, chemistry, and physics are highly beneficial because they provide a foundation in the natural sciences, which are relevant to understanding radiologic technology, anatomy, and physics concepts.
- Mathematics: Basic math skills are essential for performing calculations related to radiologic imaging, patient positioning, and dosage calculations.
- English: Excellent communication skills, including reading, writing, and spoken communication, are crucial for documenting patient information, explaining procedures, and providing clear instructions to patients.
- Computer Science: Familiarity with computer software and data management can be valuable in radiologic imaging and record-keeping.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Technology
Enroll in a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology or radiography. These programs typically last for three to four years and provide comprehensive education and clinical training in radiologic imaging techniques and patient care.
During your bachelor’s program, you will complete a clinical internship or externship in a healthcare facility or radiology department. This hands-on experience allows you to apply your knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.
Licensing and Certification
To practice as a Radiologic Technician, you will need to obtain the necessary state or country-specific licensure or certification. The requirements for licensure and certification vary by location, so be sure to research and meet the specific requirements in your area.
Becoming a Radiologic Technician requires dedication, a strong educational background in the sciences, and a commitment to providing accurate and high-quality radiologic imaging services to patients.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typically you could work 42 to 44 hours a week, including evenings, nights, weekends, or holidays.
You could work in a public or private hospital.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career Path & Progression:
Radiologic technologists can choose to specialise in specific areas, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, or interventional radiology. Specialisation often requires additional training and certification.
Radiologic technologists who wish to pursue advanced roles, such as radiologist assistant or radiologic program director, may choose to pursue master’s degrees or other advanced degrees.