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Radiologic Technologist (MRI, CT Tech)

A Radiologic Technologist uses X-rays, computed tomography (CT scans) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to collect body images for diagnostic examination. They work in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities.

Responsibilities of a Radiologic Technologist include:

  • Operate and maintain diagnostic imaging equipment
  • Communicate with physicians and carry out tasks
  • Prepare and position patients for imaging tests
  • Protect patients from radiation exposure
  • Help physicians evaluate images
  • Document and submit patient records

Radiologic Technologists are tasked with providing physicians the information they need to make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. They may specialize in a specific area of healthcare, such as bone densitometry, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, sonography, or general radiography.

Having a thorough understanding of diagnostic imaging equipment and knowing proper patient placement is a requirement because of the radiation exposure risks faced with each scan.

Qualifications for a Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic Technologists must be certified and licensed to practice. There are several associate and bachelor-level degree programs available to those who wish to enter the field. Preparation is also offered through many hospital programs.

Radiologic Technologists need to have a strong understanding of anatomy, patient positioning techniques, diagnostic imaging equipment, and radiation safety. They also need to be familiar with medical terminology because communication with doctors and nurses is constant.