Maintains and uses equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the body on X-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Positions x-ray equipment and adjusts controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.
- Uses beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
- Positions patient on examining table and sets up and adjusts equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
- Processes exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
- Explains procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.
- Determines patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
- Makes exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
- Prepares and sets up x-ray room for patient.
- Operates digital picture archiving communications systems.
- Transports patients to or from exam rooms.