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RADIOLOGY TECHNOLOGY JOBS - MEDICAL IMAGING JOBS - JOBS AND LINKS FOR RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS (RTs) AND X-RAY TECHS

ENTRY LEVEL RADIOLOGY TECHNICIAN JOB DESCRIPTION:

Radiologic technologists and technicians take x rays and administer nonradioactive materials into patientsí bloodstreams for diagnostic purposes. Some specialize in diagnostic imaging technologies, such as computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Prepares room, calibrates equipment, and prepares medicine and materials as needed for patients undergoing procedures; cleans and disinfects room and equipment.
  2. Prepares patient for procedures; explains procedures, transfers patients to equipment, positions patients as appropriate to the specified procedure, and assists patient at end of procedures.
  3. Follows prescribed techniques in administering general and specific x-rays; adjusts equipment; determines proper voltage, current, and desired exposure time; arranges immobilization and support devices to obtain position of patient; adjusts lead shield; selects proper film.
  4. Observes patient and machine during procedures; reports unusual occurrences and records patient's condition.
  5. Develops film in accordance with proper photographic techniques.
  6. Maintains stock supplies and assists administrators in determining quantities for purchase; performs general office duties such as delivering and retrieving film, recording procedure codes for billing purposes, typing forms, and scheduling patients.
  7. May take mobile unit to patient's room or emergency room to perform procedures, as appropriate to the operational context of the specific position.
  8. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:

High school diploma or GED; at least 6 months of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

American Registry of Radiologic Technology License.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Knowledge of the physical and operational characteristics of radiologic equipment.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to safely lift, and physically manipulate patients.
  • Knowledge of x-ray principles, procedures and standards.
  • Knowledge of sterile procedures.
  • Ability to calibrate, configure, and adjust x-ray equipment and associated facilities and devices in accordance with procedures and standards.
  • Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
  • Knowledge of appropriate x-ray exposure times and safety parameters.
  • Knowledge of photographic development techniques.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

Position requires: a) utilization of established methodology and techniques in the operation of x-ray equipment for patient diagnostic and therapeutic purposes; b) calibration and adjustment of x-ray equpment in accordance with general and individually prescribed protocol; c) patient preparation and manipulation in accordance with general and prescribed protocol.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:
  • Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires occasional handling and maneuvering of persons in excess of 100 pounds.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

EARNINGS

Median annual earnings of radiologic technologists and technicians were $38,970 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,370 and $46,510. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,190, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $55,430. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of radiologic technologists and technicians in 2002 were as follows:

Medical and diagnostic laboratories

$42,470

General medical and surgical hospitals

39,580

Offices of physicians

36,490

 

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Radiology and Radiology Technician Organizations and Links

  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists, 15000 Central Ave. SE., Albuquerque, NM 87123-3917. Telephone (tollfree): 800-444-2778. Internet: http://www.asrt.org

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60606-2901. Internet: http://www.jrcert.org

  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, 1255 Northland Dr., St. Paul, MN 55120-1155. Internet: http://www.arrt.org

 

 

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