When you are deciding to a become radiology professional, it is important that you have an understanding of what you want to specialize in.
What is the difference between a radiology technician and radiologic technologist?
The daily tasks that a radiology technicians daily tasks include:
- Producing x-ray images that are concise and clear
- Maintain all equipment used during the x-ray process
- Preparing patients for their procedure
Aside from the above mentioned tasks another part of the techs job would be monitoring the patients exposure to radiation and make the proper changes to ensure that exposure is limited. The tech MUST ensure that the equipment used to perform the x-ray is working correctly. It is also the responsibility of the technician to ensure that the image provided to other members of the healthcare team to ensure, not only, that a proper diagnosis is reached but that the proper treatment plan for the patient is created.
When it comes to radiologic technologists, in addition to the information above about the tasks and responsibility of the technologist to be the acting expert in the radiology department in their specialty, whether it is:
- CT (computed tomography) scans
- Bone densitometry
Some of the similar duties that radiologic technologist and radiology technicians include:
- Maintaining patient records
- Management of work schedules
- Dependent on education and experience technicians and technologists will be radiology department supervisors
What Educational Requirements Are Needed
Choosing on which career you want to pursue within the radiology profession can be a daunting task. The education needed for each profession is different. While it is more popular among those pursuing this position is obtain an Associate’s degree in Radiological Technologies, however if you wish to have better career opportunities, then obtaining a masters or certificate may be your best option.
Certificate programs can generally take as long as 2 years to finish and even under 2 years depending on where you attend your certification. When looking through a list of potential candidates, employers would prefer that the radiologic technologists and radiology techs are certifies and depending on the state that you currently reside in, certification exams from an accredited institution before obtaining and to continue to maintain their radiology license. The ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) is a resource that is able to be utilized to help find accredited programs near you. Once you have obtained your license every 2 years you will be expected to continue 24 hours of educational programs.