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Radiologic Technologists and Technicians

Take x-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's bloodstream for diagnostic or research purposes. Includes radiologic technologists and technicians who specialize in other scanning modalities.

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    Work Activities

    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.
    • Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
    • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
    • Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
    • 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.
    • Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
    • Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.
    • Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
    • Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
    • Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
    • Operate digital picture archiving communications systems.
    • Transport patients to or from exam rooms.
    • Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
    • Provide assistance to physicians or other technologists in the performance of more complex procedures.
    • Record, process, and maintain patient data or treatment records and prepare reports.
    • Operate mobile x-ray equipment in operating room, emergency room, or at patient's bedside.
    • Prepare contrast material, radiopharmaceuticals, or anesthetic or antispasmodic drugs under the direction of a radiologist.
    • Perform procedures, such as linear tomography, mammography, sonograms, joint and cyst aspirations, routine contrast studies, routine fluoroscopy, or examinations of the head, trunk, or extremities under supervision of physician.
    • Provide assistance in dressing or changing seriously ill, injured, or disabled patients.
    • Complete quality control activities, monitor equipment operation, and report malfunctioning equipment to supervisor.
    • Operate fluoroscope to aid physician to view and guide wire or catheter through blood vessels to area of interest.
    • Maintain a current file of examination protocols.
    • Perform general administrative tasks, such as answering phones, scheduling patient appointments, or pulling and filing films.
    • Assign duties to radiologic staff to maintain patient flows and achieve production goals.
    • Assist with on-the-job training of new employees or students or provide input to supervisors regarding training performance.


    • 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.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • 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 that there is a problem.


    • 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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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 8,120
    • Yearly Projected Openings 500

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    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control


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