Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as X-rays, MRIs, mammography and CT scans. Or they can specialize in delivering radiation therapy to patients with cancer or other diseases.
Some radiologic technologists assist with interventional procedures that are facilitated by imaging technology. In addition to the education and certification requirements, if you develop the top three skills recruiters and hiring managers look for, you’ll become an even more competitive candidate.
1. Communication Skills
As a radiologic technologist, you will have to communicate and interact with a variety of people to complete your responsibilities. Those you come in contact with will include:
- Physicians – Doctors provide details on what part of the body needs to be scanned.
- Diagnostic radiologists interpret imaging and might ask questions about imaging studies you have conducted or give you work direction.
- Radiation oncologists specialize in cancer treatment and provide treatment plans for radiation therapy.
- Interventional radiologists use imaging technology to perform procedures such as angioplasty or embolization of bleeding vessels. They are assisted by radiologic technologists.
- Colleagues – Teamwork is required. You’ll have to work with—and communicate with—your colleagues.
- Patients – Working with patients requires compassion, a calm demeanor and the ability to explain what’s happening during the procedure. You’ll need good communication skills to help manage a patients’ stress and ensure their comfort.
- Patient’s family members – Depending on a patient’s age, ability or other circumstances, you may have to communicate with a family member to explain a procedure, patient status or after-care for certain procedures.
2. Medical and Anatomical Skills
- You’ll be given instructions on which areas of the body should be targeted for imaging. Radiologic technology requires you study and maintain an understanding of human anatomy.
- You’ll have to be comfortable with the human body and hands-on contact with patients. Diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy requires a willingness to properly position patients for optimal medical treatment and safety.
- Safety measures must be followed diligently. You must be willing to follow safety protocol for each procedure.
3. Mechanical Aptitude
As a radiologic technologist, you will use technology, techniques and equipment to administer patient care. Your role will require you to develop expertise in the following areas:
- Operate, maintain and calibrate equipment
- Become proficient at imaging or radiation therapy techniques
- Adjust radiation exposure time and intensity
- Deliver radiation therapy as prescribed
- Learn new technology and techniques
Radiologic Technologist Employment Opportunities
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