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Radiologic Technologist Duties

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This is skilled technical work involving radiology and fluoroscopy of hospital patients.
Work involves taking and developing radiographs and assisting radiologist in the operation of a fluoroscope. The work involves a variety of types of radiographic photography and requires a knowledge of the use of equipment, density of the body and its anatomical terminology, as well as ingenuity and initiative to apply prescribed ionizing radiation for radiologic diagnosis. Work is performed in accordance with established procedures of the department and with a physician's instructions as to plates needed. Work is reviewed by a senior technologist or by physicians on completion and occasionally during processing for results obtained.


Sets up and operates stationary and mobile radiologic equipment; transfers and positions patient in the most suitable posture, taking care to avoid aggravation of injury and distortion of organs on the film due to the position assumed by the patient; checks films for diagnostic quality and proper positioning.

Centers the machine at the proper angles and height over the area to be x-rayed; measures the density of the area to be x-rayed; computes the exposure time to produce radiographs of proper detail, density, contrast, and freedom from distortion.

Assists physicians in fluoroscopies; measures and mixes barium, kaolin, and similar solutions; assists radiologist during examinations; takes required pictures in designated positions following examination.

Develops film by automatic and manual processing; provides protection in accordance with prescribed safety standards.

Keeps records and files properly identified; keeps work area clean and orderly.

Instructs students in radiologic methods and techniques as assigned.

Performs related work as required.

High school graduation supplemented by completion of an approved course in radiologic technology and preferably some experience in diagnostic radiology; or possess an Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Candidates for this position must posses a valid certificate of registration with the ARRT at the time of appointment.

Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of diagnostic radiography including positioning patients and adjusting and operating equipment and developing and processing film.

Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.

Some knowledge of anatomy as related to radiographic work.

Ability to take and develop a variety of radiographs.

Ability to demonstrate to and instruct students in the operation of equipment.

Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with patients.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with medical and nursing staff, other employees, and students.



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