Radiologic Technician


Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.

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Related Job Titles

Bone Density Technologist; Chief Technician, X-Ray (Chief Tech, X-Ray); Lead Mammographer; Limited Radiology Technician; Mammographer; Radiographer; Radiologic Technician (RT); Radiology Technician (Radiology Tech); Registered Radiographer; X-Ray Technician (X-Ray Tech)

Primary Tasks
  • Position x-ray equipment and adjust controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.
  • Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
  • Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
  • Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
  • Explain procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.
  • Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
  • Prepare and set up x-ray room for patient.
  • Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
  • Operate digital picture archiving communications systems.
  • Transport patients to or from exam rooms.
Education Level
  • Associate's degree 67%
  • Post-secondary certificate 26%
  • Some college, no degree 4%
Wages
Median wages (2013) $19.67 hourly, $40,900 annual
Employment trends
  • Employment (2012) 90,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022) 33,100

 

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