Radiologic technologists or medical radiation technologists are medical professionals that are trained in producing x-ray images of patients for the purpose of determining an injury or disease. Radiologic technologists also provide radiation-therapy treatments. They work in hospitals, private practice offices or clinics. Doctors rely on images that the radiologic technologists produce so that the correct diagnosis and treatment of the patient can be made.
Radiologic technologists are also trained in radiation safety and protection, patient positioning and care, anatomy, equipment protocols, and examination techniques. They can choose to specialize from among many diagnostic imaging techniques such as cardiovascular-interventional radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone densitometry, nuclear medicine, sonography, or computed tomography. Have you ever wondered what some of these radiological technologist specialists do and what type of training they received? Read on to find out.
Training for Radiologic Technologist Specialists
During his education, a student wishing to become a radiologic technologist may specialize in a certain type of medical imaging. He can choose from a large list of these specialties. A bachelor’s degree must be completed and examinations must be passed in order to achieve the desired specialty. Becoming a radiologic technologist specialist can take anywhere from four to six years, on the average.
The Cardiovascular-Interventional Radiologic Technologist
Radiologic technologists who specialize in cardiovascular-interventional radiography are able to perform tests on patient’s pulmonary or cardiovascular systems to obtain diagnostic results. They are also able to assist or conduct in cardiac catheterizations, electrocardiograms, lung capacity, pulmonary functions, and other related tests.
The Bone Densitometry Radiologic Technologist
Radiologic technologists who specialize in bone densitometry are trained to operate x-ray equipment that measures bone mineral content and density. Through these images, doctors are able to track and estimate bone loss. Once these images are studied, doctors are also able to determine if there are any risks of fractures.
The Nuclear Medicine Technologist
The nuclear medicine technologist is able to prepare and give patients radioactive drugs that serve to make abnormal body areas appear distinct from normal areas of the body. This specialist uses a special camera that is able to encounter gamma rays that the radioactive drugs emitted into the patient’s body. He is then able to explain the imaging procedures to his patients and answer any questions they may have.