Radiologic Technician's job
Radiologic technicians and technologists use x-ray machines and other medical
imaging equipment to non-invasively capture images of internal organs, bones, and tissue that may be damaged or at risk of disease. A high level of understanding of anatomy and physiology is a
basic requirement of this job, and students who excel in biology courses in high school will more likely be prepared for work in this field. These images are used by doctors to diagnose
everything from broken bones to cancerous tumors. The radiographer prepares a patient for radiologic exams and tests by:
- Explaining the procedure and providing protective garments so that x-rays do not
reach parts of the body that can be harmed by them.
- Removing jewelry and other articles that may obstruct the x-ray.
- Positioning patients so that the necessary parts of the body can be imaged clearly.
- Using instruments, they measure the thickness of the section to be imaged and set
controls on the x-ray or other machine to produce pictures with appropriate levels of density, detail, and contrast.
In addition to preparing patients and operating equipment, radiology techs also keep patient records and adjust and maintain equipment. They also may prepare work schedules, evaluate purchases of
equipment, or manage a radiology department.