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Radiologic Technicians
District Of Columbia

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Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.

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Currently Employed: 380

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $16.23 - $32.84

Typical Annual Salary: $33,800 - $68,300

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

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

  • Position x-ray equipment and adjust controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.
  • Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
  • Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
  • Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
  • Explain procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.
  • Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
  • Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
  • Prepare and set up x-ray room for patient.
  • Operate digital picture archiving communications systems.
  • Transport patients to or from exam rooms.

tools & technology

  • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes
  • 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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