Radiologic Technologist

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RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

TITLE PAGE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I INTRODUCTION
a) Definition of subject area
b) Main points of paper

II BODY OF PAPER
a) Define topic
b) Impact or effect on industry
c.)Salary ranges
d.)Technicians role in area
e.)Personal characteristics
f.)Education or special training required
g.)Daily routine

III CONCLUSION
a)Why this field is important to me
b)Summary of major points
c)Pursuing career or not

IV REFERENCES

I INTRODUCTION

A Radiologic Technologist is one seeking a career within the medical field, specializing in radiology. This individual performs imaging of the body for diagnosis or specialized treatment plan. The main parts of the paper will focus on personal characteristics defining a good potential candidate, education and special training, job roles and expectations, salary and the importance of this specialized field.

II BODY OF PAPER

Radiology in the medical field is the imaging of human body parts, including external limbs , as well as internal organs. “The study and practice of radiology has come a long way in the past 25 years, due to the growth of industry and new influx of technology.” Twenty five years ago films were developed in a dark room and the heavy films and cassettes were then carried to a separate room for storage, which took up lots of space. In the past, rural hospitals had to transport patients to larger city hospitals for specialized imaging. Today, imaging is less invasive, filmless, digital and stored on PAC’s, freeing up space. Increased digital filming allows for reduced exposure rates, beneficial for patient safety. This influx of technology with radiologic technology has created more jobs, producing higher salaries through specialized modalities, such as MRI’s and CT scanning. Through continued growth in technology, images will be developed with greater efficiency, as radiology defines itself. The technologist role in the medical field is to perform diagnostic imaging of specific body part(s), as ordered by the physician. They are to adjust and maintain the imaging equipment, prepare the patient for the procedure, explain the process and mostly, protect the patient and any caregiver from harmful radiation. There are some risks to the rad tech, such s being exposed to chemicals, causing harmful asthma and additional health complications; also, the strong magnetic force MRI scanners, can cause physiological changes.

“The median range for a radiologic technologist is $54,340.00 (May 2010). This salary is expected to grow 28% from 2010 to 2020, faster than average for all occupations.” http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Healthcare/rdiologic-technologists.htm. Depending on the locality of the radiologist’s job, which can

be in the hospital or in a doctor’s office, to mention a few, will affect the salary. Also, the more specialized the technologist, the higher the salary. For example, techs that perform MRI’s, CT scan and mammography have received extensive training and are in a higher salary brackets.

Personal characteristics that attract a potential radiologic tech candidate include a good under-standing of math, anatomy, biology, physiology and other sciences. The individual must be detail...
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