Radiologic technicians may specialize in one diagnostic imaging technology or in a few. They are often referred to by a title that reflects the technology in which they specialize. For example one who specializes in computed tomography is usually called a CT Technician and one whose speciality is magnetic resonance imaging is known as an MRI technician.
Jobs in this field are usually full-time positions. Since emergencies happen around the clock, those who are responsible for handling them must sometimes work odd hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays.
Radiologic technologists are at risk for contracting illnesses from their patients, but no more so than are other healthcare professionals. Exposure to radiation is another risk, but the protections that are in place decrease its likelihood.
In order to succeed in this occupation, you will need to bring to it certain characteristics. Spending many hours on your feet requires a good deal of stamina. You should be detail oriented and hove strong interpersonal skills. In addition, you should be good in science and math.
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A Day in a Radiologic Technologist And Technician's Life:
On a typical day a radiologic technologist's tasks might include:
- following physicians' orders regarding the areas of the body of which they need images
- adjusting equipment
- explaining procedures to patients
- positioning patients
- positioning equipment
- following procedures that prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation to himself or herself as well as to the patient
- keeping track of patients' records
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Radiologic Technologist, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm (visited October 24, 2012).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Radiologic Technologist, on the Internet at http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/29-2034.00 (visited October 24, 2012).