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Radiographers - Physical Demands

Radiologic technologists frequently:

  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Repeat the same movements.
  • Walk or run for long periods of time.
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  • Bend or twist their body.

It is important for radiologic technologists to be able to:

  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
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  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for radiologic technologists to be able to:

  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
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  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.