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Radiologic Technologists
District Of Columbia

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Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

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Currently Employed: 840

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $28.88 - $41.77

Typical Annual Salary: $60,100 - $86,900

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video tape, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
  • Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
  • Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
  • Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
  • Position and immobilize patient on examining table.
  • Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
  • Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.
  • Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.

tools & technology

  • Hypodermic needle
  • Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
  • Medical x ray darkroom equipment or supplies
  • Radiographic locators
  • X ray bone densitometers

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Medical software

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