Basic Job Description:
Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions the human body on X-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
1) Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
2) Position x-ray equipment and adjust controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.
3) Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
4) Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
5) Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
6) Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
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7) Explain procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.
8) Perform procedures such as linear tomography, mammography, sonograms, joint and cyst aspirations, routine contrast studies, routine fluoroscopy and examinations of the head, trunk, and extremities under supervision of physician.
9) Prepare and set up x-ray room for patient.
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10) Assure that sterile supplies, contrast materials, catheters, and other required equipment are present and in working order, requisitioning materials as necessary.
11) Maintain records of patients examined, examinations performed, views taken, and technical factors used.
12) Provide assistance to physicians or other technologists in the performance of more complex procedures.
13) Monitor equipment operation and report malfunctioning equipment to supervisor.
14) Provide students and other technologists with suggestions of additional views, alternate positioning or improved techniques to ensure the images produced are of the highest quality.
15) Coordinate work of other technicians or technologists when procedures require more than one person.
16) Assist with on-the-job training of new employees and students, and provide input to supervisors regarding training performance.
17) Maintain a current file of examination protocols.
18) Operate mobile x-ray equipment in operating room, emergency room, or at patient's bedside.
19) Provide assistance in radiopharmaceutical administration, monitoring patients' vital signs and notifying the radiologist of any relevant changes.
20) Prepare contrast material, radiopharmaceuticals and anesthetic or antispasmodic drugs under the direction of a radiologist.
21) Operate digital picture archiving communications systems.
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Holland / RIASEC Career Code: R-C-I SOC: 29-2034.02