A Radiologic Technologist is a medical professional who has been trained, qualified and certified in the use of radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment to generate various images of a patient’s bones and internal organs for the Radiologist (who is a physician) to study and be able to diagnose and treat the patient.
Radiologic Technologists are also known as Radiographers. Following instructions from Radiologists, they carry out several x-ray procedures, including skeletal, chest and abdominal examinations and produce images, which the Radiologist interprets, and analyses to figure out how to treat the disease.
To qualify as Radiologic Technologist, one must possess immense knowledge of pathology, anatomy, physiology, patient care, and technology. They must attend a two-year training program in a school certified by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, JRCERT.
At the completion of the program, the student is awarded with Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology or Radiography. Further training can allow them to specialize in areas such as computed tomography (CT), mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), sonography or general diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, quality management, and bone densitometry.
Having obtained certification and license, Radiologic Technologist can work in a number of places including hospitals and clinics, industry, private physician offices, government, public health service, dentistry, and schools. The increasing use of X-rays in the industry and government, and the expansion of hospital and clinic facilities, has created more demand and opportunities for radiographers.
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