Radiologic Technologist

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Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients.

Radiologic technologists typically do the following:

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in the location needed to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Work with radiologists reading the images to determine whether other images need to be taken
  • Keep detailed patient records

Healthcare professionals use many types of diagnostic equipment to diagnose patients. Radiologic technologists specialize in x-ray, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment. They may be called CT technicians or MRI technicians, depending on the equipment they work with. Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low-dose x-ray systems to produce images of the breast. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties.

Healthcare professionals who specialize in other diagnostic equipment include nuclear medicine technologists, diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and vascular technologists. For more information, see the profiles on nuclear medicine technologists, diagnostic medical sonographers, and cardiovascular technologists and technicians and vascular technologists.

Some radiologic technologists prepare a mixture for the patient to drink that allows soft tissue to be seen on the images that the radiologist reviews.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
1,047
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
1,259
Jobs Percentage Change: 
20.2%
Total Annual Openings: 
37
Growth Outlook: 
Very Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$22.04
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$28.86
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$32.27
Salary Range: 
$40,000 - $60,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Yes
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
Yes
List of Required Certifications: 
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification
Certification Requirements: 
To be certified you must: not have engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with the ARRT Rules of Ethics; successfully complete a Nuclear Medicine Technology educational program, and pass the ARRT Nuclear Medicine Technology examination.
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Hospital
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Integrated Team Member