Radiological technologists use x-ray equipment for the diagnosis and
treatment of diseases or injuries. They use this equipment to produce
images of internal body organs and bones. They are responsible for
evaluating the patient's condition, explaining the x-ray procedures, and
adjusting the radiographic equipment to give the most comprehensive view
of the area to be x-rayed.
Radiological technologists determine the proper equipment settings and
exposure used for each patient. In some procedures, they are required to
mix and administer chemical mixtures so body organs will be visible. They
assist the radiologist and surgeon in performing sophisticated or invasive
procedures when imaging equipment is needed. Radiological technologists
are also responsible for the maintenance of the radiographic equipment.
Radiological technologists work in hospitals, medical clinics, medical
laboratories, nursing homes, colleges and universities, governmental
facilities, mobile radiological facilities, physician offices, urgent care
centers, public health departments, and specialized imaging centers.
High School Preparation:
Students interested in a career as a radiological technologist should take
courses in algebra, biology, chemistry, computer skills, English,
emergency medical technology, physics, health occupations/medical
professions education, and geometry.
Radiological technologists must complete formal training in an approved
hospital training program or complete a 2-year Associate Degree in
Students interested in radiological technology should contact schools for
information on admission and course of study.
For educational institutions in
offering this course of study
Total employment of radiological technologist is expected to grow by 25 -
35 % over the next 10 years. This profession's growth is due in part to
the aging population and an increase in demand for diagnostic imaging.
Some employers are commonly reporting shortages of radiological
technologists. The demand for radiological technologists will continue to
grow as new imaging technology develops and as physicians look for more
non-invasive diagnostic methods.
Average Annual Salary
$30,300 to $48,200
American Society of
15000 Central Ave. S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Phone: (505) 298-4500
Phone: (800) 444-2778
Fax: (505) 298-5063
American Registry of
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
Phone: (651) 687-0048
HOSA - Health Occupations
Students of America
6021 Morriss Road, Ste.111
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Phone: (800) 321-4672
Fax: (972) 874-0063
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