What does a Radiographer do?
Radiographers work in hospitals, outpatient medical imaging centers, physicians'
offices, or mobile imaging companies producing images of the human body as an
aid in the diagnosis of disease and injury. They may also work for government
agencies or in education, sales and marketing. While most jobs in this field are
full-time with evening, week-end or on-call hours, opportunities do exist for
part-time and shift work.
Their duties include:
Where can I find more information on the profession?
- Reviewing physicians' orders and patients' records to determine required x-ray procedures
- Evaluating patients' conditions and explaining procedures
- Positioning patients and x-ray equipment to produce radiographs of specific anatomical areas
- Determining proper voltage and current for creating x-ray exposures
- Processing images by film developing or computer manipulation
- Evaluating images for diagnostic quality
- Preparing and administering contrast agents for procedures
- Assisting radiologists in performing special procedures
- Ensuring proper equipment operation using quality control techniques
- Providing radiation protection for patient, self, and others
If you have an interest in our profession and would like to read more about the field
of radiologic technology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
website has information on the history of radiologic technology, professional
profiles, careers, salary estimators and more. The ASRT "About the Profession" link is:
According to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), "radiologic
technologists are the third largest category of healthcare professionals". Read the
ARRT patient pages to learn more about registered technologists:
Want more information on the job outlook, work environment and other significant
points about the profession? Read the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook
Handbook section on Radiologic Technology.
In 2010, CVCC Radiologic Technology Program received the maximum 8 year accreditation award from the JRCERT.