Radiologic Technician

Allied Health Major

OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY

A Radiologic Technician oerates equipment that reproduces images of the body's tissues, organs, and bones for a medical diagnosis and potential therapy. The technician may even administer oral or injected contrast material to the patient prior to the X-rays to better picture the internal organs. Next, the technician positions the patient properly between the X-ray source and the film and protects body areas from radiation exposure. Once the exposure intensity and duration is determined, the technician operates the controls to begin the X-ray procedure. He/She monitors the use of radiation safety measures to comply with government regulations to ensure the safety of the patient and the staff. The technician also reviews and evaluates the developed X-rays, video tape, or computer generated information for its quality. The technician may also operate computer-aided imaging equipment and may help to treat diseased or affected areas of the body by exposing the patient to specified concentrations of radiation for prescribed times. He/She may operate the fluoroscope to assist the physician to view and guide a catheter through blood vessels.

All radiologic technicians work under the direction and supervision of a physician. The four disciplines in which radiologic technicians may work are radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, and sonography. some technologists specialize in working with a particular part of the body or a specific condition.

Radiologic Technicians work in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, at X-ray labs, and in nursing homes. The job outlook is expected to be about as fast as the average through 2008. Depending upon training and flexibility, some technologists will find more employment than will others. It is advisable to train in more than one type of imaging procedure and, those specialzing in sonography are likely to have more job opportunities than those working only with radiographs. Greater employment opportunities are more likely to become open in rural areas and small towns. The trend is also to employ technologists in nonhospital settings such as doctors' offices, clinics, health maintenance organizatons, laboratories, government agencies, and diagnostic imaging centers.

RELATED JOB TITLES FOR RADIOLOGIC TECHNCIAN
(Some positions require more education and training)

Radiation Therapist Cardiology Technologist
Dental Assistant Respiratory Therapist
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Dental Hygienist
Optometric & Opthalmic Technicians Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist

REPRESENTATIVE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR
SUNY ORANGE RADIOLOGIC TECHNICIANS

Bon Secours Health System Alliance Imaging
St. Anthony's Hospital Hudson View Medical
St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital Kingston Diagnostic Imaging, PC
Northern Dutchess Hospital Medical Imaging Catskill Regional Medical Center
Hudson Valley Orthopedic St. Francis Hospital
Benedictine Hospital Medical Imaging The Kingston Hospital Medical Imaging

SOURCES

*Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor

*America's Top Job for People Without a Four-Year Degree. Fifth edition by J.Michael Farr. 2001 JIST Works, an imprint of JIST Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana

*150 Great Tech Prep Careers. Andrew Morkes, Managing Editor, Career Publications. 2001 Ferguson Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois

*Orange County Community College - College Catalog 2002-2003.