What does a Radiologic Technologist do?
A radiologic technologist has the task of taking diagnostic imaging exams on referred patients. They use computed tomography imaging (CT Scans), X-rays and other technology such as mammography. They work under the direction of a physician and keep accurate records of a patient, to include, their history and any medical problems.
How to Become a Radiologic Technologist
A radiologic technologist usually attains an associates or bachelor’s degree. However, an associate’s degree usually the traditional track along with a license or certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (CARRT), depending on each states requirements.
The education program would usually provide both clinical and classroom training that focuses on courses in pathology, anatomy, image evaluation, radiation physics and protection. Some radiologist technologist gain enough experience and wish to advance into MRI technologist.
Job Description of Radiologic Technologist
A radiologic technologist specializes in giving a patient computed tomography imaging (CT Scan) and X-rays. They may mix a required drink that allows the soft tissue to be seen on the image that is examined. They may provide mammography exams through low-dose X-ray imaging. They gather the medical history of the patient and keep detailed records of any procedure given and address any questions or concerns about the testing that they may have.
Testing a patient involves following directions from the physician on a particular area of the body and protecting other exposed areas that are not being scanned. Positioning the patient for exams are important in obtaining the correct images and then reviewing the pictures with the physician to determine if further scanning or X-rays need to be done. He or she is responsible for maintaining the equipment and making any necessary adjustments.
Radiologic technologist work long hours standing on their feet and the lifting and turning of patients are often required. This occupation carries the risk of exposure to infectious diseases. Most radiologic technologist can be found working in medical or surgical hospitals, some physician’s offices, and a few work in laboratories.
Currently, a few radiologic technologist work in outpatient care centers which are rapidly becoming favored as cost-saving measures to, otherwise, expensive procedures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth in this career field due to the older population and the availability of better health insurance.