Radiology is a specialty field in medicine, which involves using visual diagnostic equipment to identify and treat medical injuries and conditions.
Radiologic technologists or radiographers are responsible for imaging, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT scans), and musculoskeletal sonography.
Radiographers at DOC do the following:
- Capture an X-ray image of the injured or affected area
- Obtain the best quality image for examination by the DOC orthopedic
specialist for accurate diagnosis
- Avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation
- Ensure that the patient guests are comfortable and safe
- Explain the procedure
- Display a compassionate and professional presence
DOC radiologic technologist, Andrew Duran, explains his imaging objective: “At DOC, we provide orthopedic care to fix bones and soft tissue issues in all major joints. The surgeons and PAs need a series of detailed, high-quality images to assess and diagnose the injury or condition. So my goal is to provide quality images, make my patient guests feel comfortable and safe, and perform the series with the same sense of urgency as the ER.”
Radiologic technologists receive training through a certification program, an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in radiology. They must obtain their state license in order to be eligible for employment as a radiologic technologist.
Certificate programs in radiology generally take one year or less to complete. The student completes classroom work and clinical training or radiology equipment, anatomy, pathology, radiation, image processing and interpretation, and patient care.
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography degree programs typically take two years and provide didactic and clinical career training, including courses in imaging procedures and analysis, radiographic physics and radiation protection. Progressive clinical education is generally incorporated into an AS radiology program.
A Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology four-year degree program emphasizes diagnostics, research and advanced technology. Students are required to complete clinical practicums that may include rotations in clinics and other healthcare facilities.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits radiography programs and schools. Radiologic technologists are required to obtain state licensure to work in the profession. Licensing requirements are determined by the states’ health boards and include passage of a licensing exam. Some states may accept certifications from the American Registration of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). For state licensing information, go to: Texas: Texas Medical Board California: California Department of Public Health
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts job growth of 9% for radiologic technologists from now to 2024. As the population grows older there is an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool for making diagnoses. DOC’s healthcare team at every location includes credentialed, experienced radiologic technologists and state-of-the-art X-ray equipment to provide fast, accurate imaging and diagnoses.
To apply for employment as a radiologic technologist for DOC, visit DOC Careers.
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