A Radiologic Technologist provides health care services by administering x-rays to assist physicians in diagnosing and/or treatment of patients. Radiologic Technologist is synonymous with many other professional titles like X-ray Technologist or Radiographer. The physicians who are specialized in the field of radiology are known as Radiologists. The Radiologic Technologist performs many of the x-ray examinations on patients, as well as operating technical radiology equipment.
Many of the x-ray examinations performed on patients are considered to be "routine" in nature. However, the Radiologic Technologist must always be ready to provide services in emergency or trauma situations, and often find themselves functioning as part of a surgical team. Self-motivation and independent decision making are important characteristics required of a Radiologic Technologist.
The largest number of Radiologic Technologists are employed to staff diagnostic radiology departments in hospitals. Many, however, seek employment in clinics, doctor's offices, and industry.
Manufacturers of radiology equipment and supplies hire technologists as technical advisors and company representatives. Technologists are also employed in the automotive, aircraft, and ship building industries. Many factories use x-rays to find flaws in metal, castings and welds.
Opportunities are available in management and administration in radiology departments. Radiologic technology schools also offer employment opportunities to technologists as instructors.
Most graduates earn between $16-25/hr. upon graduation.
A number of opportunities may be available in multiple modalities in radiology by the registered technologist. Some of these modalities are: Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Ultrasound, Special Procedures (Vascular), Cardiac Catheterization, and Mammography.