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Radiologic Technologist

Job Summary

Responsible for performing diagnostic imaging examinations on patients, such as x rays, magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomography.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Prep patient for diagnostic imaging exam.
  • Read doctor's notes as to why exam is being performed.
  • Take medical histories.
  • Produce x-ray films of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems such as cancer or fractures.
  • Have patient undress and remove jewelry.
  • Explain procedure to patient.
  • Ascertain is patient is claustrophobic.
  • Position patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed.
  • Prepare solutions for patients to drink.
  • Surround the exposed area with radiation protection devices.
  • Position radiographic equipment at the correct angle and height over the appropriate area of a patient's body.
  • Measure the thickness of the section to be radiographed.
  • Adjust controls on the x-ray machine to produce radiographs of the appropriate density, detail, and contrast of the body part.
  • Keep patient records.
  • Adjust and maintain equipment.
  • Purchase equipment.
  • Manage radiology departments.
  • Dictate worker schedules.