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Radiologic Technicians - 29-2099.06

O*NET-SOC Description

Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Chief Technician, X-Ray (Chief Tech, X-Ray)
  • Limited Radiology Technician
  • Radiologic Technician (RT)
  • Radiology Technician (Radiology Tech)
  • Registered Radiographer
  • X-Ray Technician (X-Ray Tech)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Assist with on-the-job training of new employees or students or provide input to supervisors regarding training performance.
  • Assure that sterile or non-sterile supplies such as contrast materials, catheters, films, chemicals, or other required equipment, are present and in working order or requisition materials.
  • Collect and maintain records of patients examined, examinations performed, patient medical histories, views taken, or technical factors used.
  • Complete quality control activities, monitor equipment operation, and report malfunctioning equipment to supervisor.
  • Coordinate work of other technicians or technologists when procedures require more than one person.
  • Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
  • Explain procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.
  • Maintain a current file of examination protocols.
  • Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
  • Operate digital picture archiving communications systems.
  • Operate mobile x-ray equipment in operating room, emergency room, or at patient's bedside.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as answering phones, scheduling patient appointments, or pulling and filing films.
  • Perform procedures, such as linear tomography, mammography, sonograms, joint and cyst aspirations, routine contrast studies, routine fluoroscopy, or examinations of the head, trunk, or extremities under supervision of physician.
  • Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
  • Position x-ray equipment and adjust controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.
  • Prepare and set up x-ray room for patient.
  • Prepare contrast material, radiopharmaceuticals, or anesthetic or antispasmodic drugs under the direction of a radiologist.
  • Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
  • Provide assistance in radiopharmaceutical administration, monitoring patients' vital signs and notifying the radiologist of any relevant changes.
  • Provide assistance to physicians or other technologists in the performance of more complex procedures.
  • Provide students or other technicians with suggestions of additional views, alternate positioning, or improved techniques to ensure the images produced are of the highest quality.
  • Transport patients to or from exam rooms.
  • Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
  • Check quality of diagnostic images.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Create advanced digital images of patients using computer imaging systems.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Move patients to or from treatment areas.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Diagnostic Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Body Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Cardiothoracic Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Musculoskeletal (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Neuroradiology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Pediatric (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Special Procedures (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Women s Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Radiology Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Radiologic Technologist