What Does a Radiology Technician Do?
11 December 2009
In order to perform well at their given tasks, a radiology technician must be able to have keen attention to detail and an ability to follow a physician’s orders exactly. The diagnostic services that a radiology technician provides is a critical role in many patients overall treatment plan, often pinpointing the issues that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Organizational skills are also key, as a radiologist must keep very clear notes and complete records on each test performed and every patient. Being very adherent to standards of safety, a radiology technician will also need to be quite fastidious as they will be working with radiation and care must be taken to expose both themselves and the patient to the least amount of radiation needed for the scans performed.
Playing a key role in the health care system, radiology technicians tend to have many opportunities for employment and advancement. There is a strong demand for skilled radiology technicians, and as new technology continues to emerge, and more need for diagnostics in this feild is shown, this trend will continue on upward.
A radiology technician has many important responsibilities. The tech will explain the diagnostic scan in detail to the patient, preparing them for the procedure by removing any metallic objects and positioning them properly, to performing the scan itself. For certain scans, a radiology technician may have to administer a contract dye, either orally or intravenously to patients. Often, the radiology technician will be the one that ensures that the area of the body that needs to be scanned is exposed for optimal clarity, while still yet being able to cover the patient with a protective lead shield in places where the scanning will not be needed.
There are many different career options for a radiology technician. Some will undergo special training to perform mammograms, and this will involve knowledge of breast tissue and special scanning equipment using very low dose x-rays to scan sections of the breast for potentially cancerous tissue. Others will specialize in MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or CT(computed tomography) scans, and others still yet will work with ultrasound technology for obstetrics, gynecology and other fields that require this diagnostic tool. Hospitals are currently the most prevalent place of employment, but as new diagnostic centers open, there is more in the way of options for private practice employment.