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Radiographers - Overview

Radiologic technologists use special equipment to create images of internal organs, tissues, and bones.

Doctors tell radiologic technologists which part of the body to image and which procedure to use.

Image procedures options include:

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Sonograms or ultrasounds
  • Mammography

Technologists prepare patients for these procedures. They may take a medical history. They explain the procedure to patients and answer their questions. Technologists position patients on an examining table near the imaging equipment. For some procedures, such as x-rays, technologists must make sure that the patient is protected from radiation by a lead apron. If conducting a fluoroscopy, technologists give patients a special solution to drink. The body absorbs this solution and technologists track its movement through the body.

Technologists operate the machinery that takes the images. They monitor images on video screens during fluoroscopy and ultrasound procedures. They also monitor patients' during the procedures and report problems to doctors.

Radiologic technologists analyze the images to see if they need to take more. The images help doctors to identify and treat medical problems.

Radiologic technologists maintain imaging equipment and inventory medical supplies. They may oversee and train other radiologic staff members and maintain patient records.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.