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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:

  • 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

Where can I find more information on the profession?
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: www.asrt.org/content/abouttheprofession/_AboutTheProfession.aspx

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: www.arrt.org/index.html?content=patientpage/patientpage.htm

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. www.bls.gov/oco/ocos105.htm


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Radiologic Technology

Contact Ashley Pearson:
Central Virginia
Community College

3506 Wards Road
Lynchburg VA 24502-2498

Phone: 434.832.7818

Located in Amherst, Room 2118

In 2010, CVCC Radiologic Technology Program received the maximum 8 year accreditation award from the JRCERT.

*JRCERT Address
J.R.C.E.R.T.
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300