Radiologic technologists (radiographers) use X-ray equipment to help diagnose and treat diseases or injuries. They work under the direction of a physician. Radiographers work in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers or physicians’ offices. Some operate mobile X-ray equipment at the patient’s bedside, in the emergency room or in surgery. Others work in medical laboratories or for private industry.
• review physicians’ orders and patients’ records to determine required procedures.
• evaluate patients’ conditions and explain X-ray procedures.
• position patients and X-ray equipment to make routine radiographs of specific
• determine the proper voltage, current and X-ray exposure.
• prepare and administer mixtures required for some procedures.
• assist radiologists in performing sophisticated or invasive procedures.
• ensure proper equipment operation using quality control techniques.
• provide radiation protection for patient, others and self.
Radiologic technologists may specialize in using certain types of equipment or
procedures that involve specific body parts:
• computed tomography (CT technologists) use computerized X-ray equipment
to take cross-sectional pictures of the body’s internal structures.
• picture Archiving & Communications System (PAC) specialists convert from
images to computer generated images.
• magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists use radio waves, powerful
magnets and computers to create images of body parts.
• special procedures technologists use specialized X-ray equipment to study and
assist physicians in widening narrowed blood vessels.
• mammography technologists specialize in imaging of the breast tissue.
Average Salary Range
$35,000 – $45,000
Students intending to pursue a career as a radiologic technologist should prepare by taking the most challenging high school courses available in science, math and English. Registered radiologic technologists must
complete a two-year training program at an approved hospital or school. High school graduation or (GED) is required for entry into a radiologic technology program. In addition to hospital-based certificate programs, degree programs are offered at two and four-year colleges and universities.
American Society of Radiologic
15000 Central Avenue, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87123-3917