Radiologic technology is an imaging science combining advanced technology with human compassion. Radiologic technologists—or radiographers—are healthcare professionals produce images (x-rays) of patients' internal structures for use in diagnosing medical problems. Radiologic technologists prepare patients for examinations, operate, adjust and maintain the diagnostic equipment and keep patient records.
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Radiologic technologists work in clean, well-lit hospitals and healthcare facilities. They are required to stand for long periods of time and may need to lift, turn or position patients so that body parts can be properly radiographed. Although there are potential radiation hazards in working with radiological equipment, they are minimized by the use of lead aprons, gloves and other shielding devices.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow by 28 percent between 2010 and 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. An increasing aging population will have more medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which require imaging to diagnose and treat. Radiologic technologists will be needed to maintain and use the diagnostic equipment.
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.Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.