HOW TO BECOME A RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST

Radiologic technologist produces accurate and clear quality images of the body that enables the radiologist and physicians to treat and diagnose the medical condition.As a radiologic technologist, you get to be the person who can change the perception and mood of your patient even with a limited interaction time period. Radiologic technologist position the patient and protect them from excess radiation if they have chosen x-ray, Computed Tomography(CT), Mammography, Fluoroscopy as their specialty.Ensuring your patient is relaxed and comfortable is an important component of your work.

REQUIREMENTS.

 

EDUCATION.

Three options exist for pursuing the career as a radiologic technologist.

  1. A 20-24 month certificate program.
  2. A two-year associate degree.
  3. A four-year Bachelors degree.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM.

A certificate program is a good option for an individual with significant experience in radiology or who is shifting medical fields.

A certificate program is available through online or traditional courses, colleges, community and some private hospitals.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE.

Most of the radiologic technologist earn through associate’s degree.Many accredited community and private colleges offer associates’ degree. The course work of is quite similar with Bachelor’s degree.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE.

Many universities offer a bachelor’s degree four-year program.A bachelor’s degree most likely requires you to complete your rotations in the radiology department at a private clinic or in the hospital during studies.Bachelor’s degree in Medical Imaging Technology is great option to enhance the income potential.

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST CERTIFICATION AND LICENSING.

Radiologic technologist requires a certification and license to work a technologist in some states. Every state has its own rules and regulation of licensing.But most of the state will require ARRT(The American Registry Of Radiologic Technologist.To obtain the certification you have to pass an examination successfully held by ARRT within Three years after completing your degree.

CHOOSING A SPECIALTY.

Generally,  the radiologic technologist can specialize in different fields including:

  • Computed Tomography.
  • Mammography.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Medical sonography.
  • Neuroradiology
  • Cellular Imaging.
  • Musculoskeletan and Medical imaging.

Any further specialization will need additional training and ARRT certification.

 

 

POSSIBLE WORKPLACES.

Being a radiologic technologist, you can find good job opportunities in a variety of settings including:

  1. Hospitals.
  2. Physicians Offices.
  3. Private clinics.
  4. Diagnostic Imaging Centers.
  5. Outpatient care center.

CAREER OUTLOOK.

According to Bureau of labor statistics employment of radiologic technologist is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than average for all occupations.

The median annual average wage for radiologic technologist was $58,120 in May 2016.

References.

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-1

https://www.arrt.org/

 

 

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