A radiologic technologist, also may be known as medical radiation technologist and as radiographer, performs imaging of the human body for diagnosising or treating medical problems. Radiologic technologists work in hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories, government agencies, industry and private practices. Radiologic technologists use their expertise and knowledge of patient handling , physics ,anatomy, physiology, pathology and radiology to assess patients, develop optimal radiologic techniques or plans and evaluate resulting radiographic images.
Radiography professionals fill a vital role in the detection and diagnosis of diseases, cancers and other patient injuries, and can help treat illnesses as well. Radiographers can also assist surgeons and other physicians to minimize the risks of surgery by providing detailed, internal images of the patient's body during the surgery.
Radiography opportunities are available for people with a wide variety of skill sets and education levels. Radiography careers often include working with one the following:
The field of radiography spans a variety of different occupations, including the following:
While some radiographic technologist positions are available for individuals without a degree, many positions may require an associate or a bachelor's degree in addition to the completion of a certification program. Some states require operating radiographers to be licensed, the BLS reports. Check with your state to determine your licensure requirements, as regulations vary by state.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Radiologic Technologists - http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Radiation Therapists - http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiation-therapists.htm
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Nuclear Medicine Technologists - http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nuclear-medicine-technologists.htm