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Radiologic Technologists

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Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

    Work Activities
    • Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video tape, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
    • Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
    • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
    • Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
    • Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
    • Position and immobilize patient on examining table.
    • Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
    • Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.
    • Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
    • Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
    • Prepare and administer oral or injected contrast media to patients.
    • Record, process, and maintain patient data or treatment records and prepare reports.
    • Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
    • Coordinate work with clerical personnel or other technologists.
    • Provide assistance in dressing or changing seriously ill, injured, or disabled patients.
    • Remove and process film.
    • Operate fluoroscope to aid physician to view and guide wire or catheter through blood vessels to area of interest.
    • Collaborate with other medical team members, such as physicians or nurses, to conduct angiography or special vascular procedures.
    • Measure thickness of section to be radiographed, using instruments similar to measuring tapes.
    • Assign duties to radiologic staff to maintain patient flows and achieve production goals.
    • Perform scheduled maintenance or minor emergency repairs on radiographic equipment.
    • Demonstrate new equipment, procedures, or techniques to staff and provide technical assistance.
    • Perform administrative duties, such as developing departmental operating budget, coordinating purchases of supplies or equipment, or preparing work schedules.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $56,470/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $27.15/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 8,870
    • Yearly Projected Openings 550
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    Tools
    • X ray bone densitometers
    • Radiographic locators
    • Medical x ray darkroom equipment or supplies
    • Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
    • Hypodermic needle
    Technology
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Categorization or classification software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.