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Details for Radiologic Technologists


Take x-rays and Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT or CT) scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other modalities, such as computed tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance.


  • Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video tape, or computer generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
  • Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
  • Operate or oversee operation of radiologic and magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
  • Position and immobilize patient on examining table.
  • Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
  • Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.
  • Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
  • Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
  • Prepare and administer oral or injected contrast media to patients.
  • Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
  • Remove and process film.
  • Record, process and maintain patient data and treatment records, and prepare reports.
  • Coordinate work with clerical personnel or other technologists.
  • Demonstrate new equipment, procedures, and techniques to staff, and provide technical assistance.
  • Provide assistance in dressing or changing seriously ill, injured, or disabled patients.
  • Move ultrasound scanner over patient's body and watch pattern produced on video screen.
  • Measure thickness of section to be radiographed, using instruments similar to measuring tapes.
  • Operate fluoroscope to aid physician to view and guide wire or catheter through blood vessels to area of interest.
  • Assign duties to radiologic staff to maintain patient flows and achieve production goals.
  • Collaborate with other medical team members, such as physicians and nurses, to conduct angiography or special vascular procedures.
  • Perform administrative duties such as developing departmental operating budget, coordinating purchases of supplies and equipment and preparing work schedules.
  • Perform scheduled maintenance and minor emergency repairs on radiographic equipment.


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