Medical X-Ray Technician
Also known as radiographers or radiologic technicians, an x-ray tech works with diagnostic machines at a clinic or an off-site location. Taking an x-ray requires a specific knowledge and skill level earned through furthered education. The right candidate also works well with patients, communicates clearly and provides a certain comfort to the patient while in their care.
During an x-ray procedure, the technician positions the patient’s body according to they type of x-ray needed. Positioning may require lifting, maneuvering and turning patients with limited mobility. The equipment must be placed at the correct height and angle to the patient to produce the image needed.
X-ray technicians must follow state regulations to protect themselves and their patients from unnecessary exposure to radiation. Technicians are trained in the following specialties, mammography, computed tomography (CT Scans) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for x-ray technicians in the medical field are expected to increase by 21% over the course of the next 8 years.
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