- Take x-rays for medical problem-solving purposes
- Work in hospitals, medical laboratories or physicians' clinics
- Help in the diagnosis and treatment of illness
The primary role of an x-ray technologist is to take x-rays for medical problem-solving purposes. They work with physicians to diagnose ailments relating to bone or tissue damage. Under this umbrella there are a few different imaging specialties, such as computerized tomography (CT), mammography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
X-ray technologists' work
X-ray technologists, also referred to as radiographers, first prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure and removing items, such as jewelry, which may prevent x-rays from filming. They then position the equipment at the correct angle and height in order to photograph the appropriate area of a patient's body. After all the needed photographs are taken, they develop the film for doctors. Career advancing x-ray technologists may perform more complex imaging procedures such as fluoroscopies, which allow doctors to see soft tissues in the body.
X-ray technologists are required to follow physicians' orders precisely, as well as following strict guidelines and safety regulations to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers from unnecessary radiation exposure.
X-ray technologists may sometimes work under the direction of radiologists, medical doctors who specialize in interpreting radiographs. The information from radiographs is helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury such as fractures. Most technologists work in hospitals, but some work in medical laboratories, clinics, or doctors' and dentists' offices.
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Requires a degree in:
- X-ray technician
- X-ray technologies
- Ultrasound devices
- Fluoroscopy procedures
- CT (computed tomography)
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
- Nuclear medicine
- Patient relations / Customer Service
- Detailed oriented