What does a Radiologic Technician do?
Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
- Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
- Position x-ray equipment and adjust controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.
- Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
- Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
- Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
- Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
- Explain procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.
- Perform procedures, such as linear tomography, mammography, sonograms, joint and cyst aspirations, routine contrast studies, routine fluoroscopy, or examinations of the head, trunk, or extremities under supervision of physician.
- Prepare and set up x-ray room for patient.
- Provide assistance to physicians or other technologists in the performance of more complex procedures.
- Coordinate work of other technicians or technologists when procedures require more than one person.
- Assist with on-the-job training of new employees or students or provide input to supervisors regarding training performance.
- Maintain a current file of examination protocols.
- Operate mobile x-ray equipment in operating room, emergency room, or at patient's bedside.
- Provide assistance in radiopharmaceutical administration, monitoring patients' vital signs and notifying the radiologist of any relevant changes.
- Prepare contrast material, radiopharmaceuticals, or anesthetic or antispasmodic drugs under the direction of a radiologist.
- Operate digital picture archiving communications systems.
- Assure that sterile or non-sterile supplies such as contrast materials, catheters, films, chemicals, or other required equipment, are present and in working order or requisition materials.
- Collect and maintain records of patients examined, examinations performed, patient medical histories, views taken, or technical factors used.
- Complete quality control activities, monitor equipment operation, and report malfunctioning equipment to supervisor.
- Perform general administrative tasks, such as answering phones, scheduling patient appointments, or pulling and filing films.
- Transport patients to or from exam rooms.
- Provide students or other technicians with suggestions of additional views, alternate positioning, or improved techniques to ensure the images produced are of the highest quality.