Imagine obtaining x-rays on a patient in the emergency department who has sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident. How would you deal with the responsibility of performing radiographic procedures in the operating room? A career in radiologic technology is, first and foremost, about taking x-rays and performing diagnostic procedures to help radiologists and other physicians diagnose disease and injuries.
But it is more than that; it’s about challenging yourself in a career that will make a difference in people’s lives. Are you ready to embark on an exciting, rewarding career in radiologic technology?
A radiologic technologist explains the procedure to the patient, positions the patient, sets exposure factors on a control panel and exposes the patient to x-rays to record an image of the anatomy. A radiologist then interprets the image. Although most radiologic technologists work in hospitals, positions are available in clinics, physician offices, industry, civil service, education, public health and in sales of radiographic equipment and accessories, as well as contrast media and radiologic pharmaceuticals. Starting annual salary for a radiologic technologist in this region is $40,000 to $44,000.