What is a Radiology Technician?
There may be any number of reasons a medical professional (doctor, nurse) chooses to order an xray and it is the job of the radiology technician to actually obtain those images accurately so that a radiologist can interpret them and report the findings to the ordering physician. It is the responsibility of the radiology technician to ensure that patients are positioned properly to obtain the best view of the area to be examined and that the images are as clear and accurate as possible. A career as a radiology technician is perfect for those with a great eye for detail who also enjoy interacting with people from all walks of life. A good radiology technician also needs to possess a calm but firm personality, as many of the patents they encounter will be nervous, anxious and in pain and it is the RT’s responsibility in many instances to help calm them down as far as possible.
Where does a Radiology Technician Work?
Radiology Technicians are of course found working at any hospital but they may also be employed at a private physician’s office or urgent care facility as it is becoming the norm for many of such facilities to possess their own x ray equipment to diagnose their patients’ problems onsite, avoiding that extra trip to the hospital.
What is the Difference between a Radiology Technician and an Ultrasound Technician?
Although both job titles technically fall under the umbrella of the “radiology field” the job function and technologies utilized by each are distinctly different. Radiology (as the name suggests) uses low levels of radiation to produce a diagnostic image while an ultrasound uses sound waves. Both kinds of imaging can be of great assistance when medical professionals are trying to treat a patient effectively but ultrasound technologists tend to be focused more in the area of obstetrical medicine.