Radiologist examining an x-ray

Radiologist examining X-ray

There are many exciting radiology related jobs you can do after completing your training program and certification in radiology. Some jobs will require higher level qualifications and certifications, while fresh radiologists can start off their careers as trainees or assistants.

Below are some radiology jobs you may want to consider for a career after completing training.

Radiologic Technologist

As a radiologic technologist, you will be required to operate radiology equipment to produce radiographic images of specified areas of the body and perform similar technical x-ray procedures following physician’s directive and standard procedures, techniques or specific instructions, including basic patient care procedures, sterile techniques, and monitoring.

The job description also includes reviewing images for accuracy and technical quality in accordance with established standards; utilization of Radiology Information System (RIS), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Picture Archiving & Communication System (PACS) according to established practice guidelines.

You will be working directly with patients and be expected to develop and sustain a great deal of cordial relationship with your patients so as to be able to serve and satisfy them better – The technologist therefore takes their patients’ needs with great interest, and tries to understand their problems, circumstances, needs, and expectations.

To qualify for this job, there are minimum requirements you must meet. These include, having a High School Diploma and successfully completing a 2 year training program in Radiologic Technology that is approved by the American Medical Association. You must also be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

You should have the ability to operate Radiologic equipment and perform similar technical procedures, as well as having excellent customer service skills.

Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist

The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist will be responsible for performing routine radiologic procedures instructed by the medical staff; evaluating radiographic equipment for calibrations and repairs; scheduling exams; and maintaining records.

They will also perform independent assessment and selection of technical exposure factors and positions required to achieve a proper quality diagnostic exam; independently execute all radiographic procedures, including bone, chest, spines, skull, and portable X-Rays.

They will inform the Radiologist, or referring Physician of any preliminary abnormalities observed while patient is undergoing an exam, so that if necessary additional views, or exams can be ordered.

Their job description also include supervising the transfer of patient radiologic records to ensure continuity of care; working with Clinical Director to ensure monitoring and evaluation activities are completed; acting as liaison between radiologist and medical staff; and assisting the medical records department with administrative functions.

To perform this job, you will need to meet some minimum qualifications and requirements, which include graduating from an accredited Radiologic Technology school or program and being a high school graduate. You should have current certification in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in accordance with the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.

You must also have a certification issued by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and a state license if applicable.

You should possess knowledge of federal and state regulatory laws concerning the radiology; knowledge of various pathological abnormalities as demonstrated by radiographic imaging; and be able to perform any and all radiology procedures needed without any technical support.

Radiology Imaging Procedure Assistant

As a Radiology Imaging Procedure Assistant, your job description will include transporting patients and patient related items throughout the facility in a safe, timely, and efficient manner; maintaining patient confidentiality at all times; and communicating professionally with all staff, patients and visitors.

You will also be required to work cordially and independently in a team; ensure an orderly, well organized work area, and keep equipment and supplies readily available while maintaining proper storage of all equipment and supplies in the work unit.

The minimum requirements and qualifications to work in this position include: possession of High School Diploma or G.E.D Equivalent. Previous hospital, clinical or patient care work experience is needed. Also important to this job is having an excellent communication skills, telephone and human relation skills to interact with patients, guests and staff. You will also need to possess basic computer skills, and the ability to multitask and adapt to unpredictable situations.

Radiology Technician

The Radiology Technician job description will include, performing radiological diagnostic procedures; operating diagnostic equipment, developing film and preparing the room with the necessary equipment and supplies for the procedure.

They will also perform ordering of supplies, stocking the department, and conducting quality control on equipment; perform timely radiology procedures for subsequent evaluation and treatment by attending physician.

They will provide patient care based upon evaluation of the patient; perform necessary quality control procedures to ensure quality exams are performed; and maintain patient comfort and uphold proper safety procedures.

The Radiology Technician will also contribute to the teamwork, philosophy of the Department/Office; uphold and practice appropriate Infection Control Policies and Procedures; and assist in maintaining budgeted supply expense.

To perform on this job effectively, the Radiology Technician should assume responsibility for maintaining and improving diagnostic imaging knowledge and skills with the support and assistance of outside educational resources. They should also be responsible for maintaining current licensure and certification for the facility radiology equipment and licensure.

Radiology Tech Assistant

The Radiology Tech Assistant works under the direct supervision of the area Coordinator, and at the direction of the Radiology Manager. Their job involves providing assistance to technologists with non-technical tasks necessary for the prompt, courteous, and effective delivery of quality patient care.

To perform this job, the Assistant should have the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to his/her needs, and provide the care needed.

They should have High school diploma or equivalent and have completed technical training with some experience. They should possess the ability to assist the technologists with all non-technical tasks for quality patient care.

They must possess excellent communication skills to be able to communicate effectively with patients and all hospital staff.

Radiology Assistant

The Radiology Assistant works under the supervision of the Chief Technologist, and their job description involves assisting the Radiographers, Radiologists and patients of the Radiology section.

They perform a number of tasks, including ensuring the safe transport of patients to and from the Imaging Department; acting as a courier between related units of the hospital; and acting as facilitator to expedite patient exams.

They are responsible for performing general department supply ordering; loading and unloading the multi-viewer; and performing darkroom duties and generalized assistance.

The minimum qualifications required to perform this job include high school diploma or GED; 1 to 3 years of related experience; strong interpersonal and customer service skills. They should also possess current BLS through the American Heart Association; and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Interventional Radiology Technologist

The Interventional Radiology Technologist works under the general direction of radiologists and is responsible for assessing, identifying needs, planning, implementing appropriate interventions, document, and evaluating outcomes of all patients within the interventional radiology section. Their job involves ensuring that the patient’s conduction before, during and after the procedure is of high quality.

They use a wide range of computerized equipment specific to Interventional, and are skilled in the use of power injector systems, and the PACS, WEBPACS computer viewing station software. They are also skilled in the usage of hospital computer systems such as VISTA and CPRS as well as with exam selection and CPT 4 codes for proper billing.

The Interventional technologist picks the most relevant images and electronically transmits them through the hospital and radiology network to the PACS system for image viewing distribution and permanent archive in PACS and WEBPACS throughout radiology and the hospital.

Their job description also includes repeatedly assessing image quality on the interventional computer viewing station; determining if problems can be corrected independently or needs to be referred to the Biomedical Engineering personnel and/or the right vendor for repair.

They may also act as a clinical instructor for students in the Radiologic Technology Program, and may be asked to train or orient new employees in the Interventional section.

They are responsible for maintaining the Interventional area with the relevant medical and emergency supplies required for optimal care, safety and efficiency. They maintain all necessary record keeping, generate input for AMMS/DSS reports, and are actively involved in the hospital and Radiology QM and Safety Programs.

They explain examinations to be performed clearly to the patients and wards for them to have a thorough understanding of the need for the study and what will be required of them. This enables an adequate IR exam to be produced.

To remain in practice, the Interventional technologist must maintain current certifications for venipuncture and iSTAT, registry and continuing education credits required for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists with basic licensure as a Radiologic Technologist (RT).

Radiologist

Radiologists are responsible for providing a full range of physician services following professional standards, as well as the established policies and procedures of the facility.

The job description of the Radiologist includes monitoring performance and interpreting results of screening, indicated, or diagnostic mammograms, including needle localization of any masses found. It also involves prescribing and dispensing medications as delineated by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; retaining and responding to paging device for the provision of performance and interpretation of emergent radiologic studies.

They are responsible for providing technical direction to, perform with, or assist in the instruction of other health care professionals tending to patients within the scope of their clinical privileges or responsibilities.

They perform ordering necessary diagnostic tests; promoting preventive and health maintenance care, such as positive health behaviors, annual physicals, and self-care skills through education and counseling.

To perform on this job, you will need to meet the following qualifications and certifications: graduating from a medical school approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association or the American Osteopathic Association, or possessing certification by the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

You will also need to graduate from a residency training program in Radiology approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the Committee on Postdoctoral Training of the American Osteopathic Association or those Canadian training programs approved by the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada or other appropriate Canadian medical authority.

You will also be required to possess and maintain board certification in Diagnostic Radiology; a current, valid, unrestricted license in one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

You will be required to meet current Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) requirements (compliance with the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992, P.L. 102-539) including documentation of continuing medical education.

You will also be required to possess a minimum of 12 months experience within the preceding 36 months as a Diagnostic Radiologist in an acute setting; and to possess a current certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health care Providers.


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