Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging exams using X-rays and other modalities to produce images of bones, organs, tissues and vessels. Also known as radiographers or “rad techs”, these professionals are responsible for properly positioning patients and equipment to ensure the best quality diagnostic image is produced with minimal radiation exposure. “Accuracy is important,” says Georgia Blobaum, imaging center director.
“You have to want to continuously learn – learn about your patients, learn about the diseases, learn about the projections and views,” to ensure quality images for the physician who will interpret the results. Radiologic technologists often specialize in second certification modalities, such as mammography, CT (computerized tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), or bone densitometry.
“Radiology is such a diverse career field,” states Blobaum. “You can become multi-certified, which can make the tech more marketable, and also prepares someone to become a general technologist in a small rural hospital where they need all of those types of skill sets.” Individuals certified as radiologic technologists can also go on to specialize in sonography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, or interventional radiology with an additional year of education and training.
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