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Radiologic Technologist


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Radiography technologists, also known as x-ray technicians, are trained to produce and develop radiographs, or x-rays, to help physicians and dentists treat their patients effectively. These technologists can perform basic and complex examinations using sophisticated computerized equipment. The results of their work are examined closely by radiologists, physicians, and dentists, who look for abnormalities which could indicate cancer, fractures, and infections.

Radiography technologists can make images of all body parts and body systems, including chests, bones, joints, intestinal systems, spines, breasts, heart, blood vessels, and can create detailed cross-sectional images of the body (CT scans). Often, they can create real-time images as well, and record body movement for future study.

The radiography technologist is responsible for the quality, accuracy, and clarity of the images produced. They must take care to ensure the correct view is being recorded, according to the request of the physician. At times, the technologist must have the patient drink barium, or dye, to highlight organs and structures that might otherwise not be seen.

Because of the many factors that go into having an x-ray, the technologist must be careful to be respectful and sympathetic to the patients. The technologist plays an important role in the early detection of disease, and must therefore be trustworthy, responsible, and work hard to ensure that the images produced will be helpful to the doctors, dentists, and patients, alike.
 
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Medical Career Institute - Ocean Township

Medical Career Institute in Ocean, NJ is your one-stop-shop for medical career training in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  

Programs Offered:
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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  Average Earnings  
Lowest 10% of Earners:
$27,190
 
Median Salary:
$38,970
 
Highest 10% of Earners:
$55,430

  Interests and Skills  
Radiography technologists are technologically minded, and enjoy precise tasks with clear rules and guidelines.They need to have a calm, sensitive demeanor, a gentle disposition, and a sense of humor. They are organized, efficient, and safety-conscious, with a desire to help people. Radiography technologists need to work well with others, have good communication skills, and be open to other cultures and belief systems.
 

  Typical Tasks  
  • Explain the procedure to the patient
  • Answer questions as fully as possible
  • Comfort the patient and provide emotional support
  • Calculate radiation dose
  • Correctly position the patient and the equipment
  • Ensure that the patient, all staff, and visitors are protected from radiation
  • Monitor the patient during procedure
  • Perform any minor repairs to equipment when necessary
  • The typical day for a radiography technologist will involve working closely with a number of patients. The environment can be tense, because radiography technologists are often used to help diagnose disease, illness, or fractures. Radiography technologists work indoors, with little opportunity to travel.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Radiography technologists work in hospitals, dentist offices, and health clinics. They work in offices, and in screening rooms. They work with radiation, so must be prepared to take safety precautions. They work regular hours, but may be required to work some evenings or weekends, depending on the clinic. They work in small teams of doctors, dentists, technicians, assistants, and receptionists.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Radiography technologists can become supervisors, or become college instructors. They can branch into other forms of radiation technology, or can go on to become nurses or dental hygenists, or radiologists. They can also train to become dentists. They can become sales representatives for the companies that sell the radiography equipment.
 

  Educational Paths  
People wanting to work as radiography technologists are required to complete a two- to three-year college program in radiography, after which they will be certified. They may also be required to join a professional state society, depending on where they live.
 

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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