Takes x-rays and CAT scans or administers nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Reviews and evaluates developed x-rays, video tape, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
- Operates or oversees operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
- Uses radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
- Positions imaging equipment and adjusts controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
- Explains procedures and observes patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
- Positions and immobilizes patient on examining table.
- Keys commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjusts transmitters and receivers, or photographs certain images.
- Takes thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
- Sets up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
- Monitors patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
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