On the Job
Radiologic Technicians work under the direction of radiologists and radiologic technologists. They maintain radiologic equipment (such as x-ray machines). They may prepare x-ray rooms or instruments. They may work directly with patients, positioning them on x-ray tables or answering basic questions.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
- Position patients for treatment or examination.
- Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
- Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
- Create advanced digital images of patients using computer imaging systems.
- Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
- Process x-rays or other medical images.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having telephone conversations.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Dealing with external customers.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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