How to Be an X-Ray Technician
In order to be an X-Ray technician, you must complete an accredited training program and earn a certification.
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What is an X-Ray Technician?
An X-ray technician, also called a radiographer, is a medical professional who uses technology to create images of the human body. These images can be used to diagnose and treat medical conditions.
X-ray technicians typically work in hospitals or clinics, but they may also work in other settings such as private practices, diagnostic imaging centers, or mobile imaging units. They typically work full time, and some may work evenings or weekends.
To become an X-ray technician, you will need to complete an accredited training program. Most programs take about two years to complete and lead to an associate degree in applied science or a certificate in radiologic technology. Some programs may also offer bachelor’s degrees.
After completing a training program, you will need to obtain a state license or certification. requirements vary by state but usually include passing an exam. Once licensed, you will need to complete continuing education courses on a regular basis to maintain your license.
What are the responsibilities of an X-Ray Technician?
As an X-Ray Technician, your responsibilities will include:
Operating X-ray and fluoroscopic equipment in accordance with established guidelines,
Positioning patients and selecting appropriate anatomical parts to be imaged,
Adjusting and controlling exposure factors to minimize patient radiation exposure,
Developing film as needed or directing patients to self-develop film,
Maintaining equipment by performing quality control checks and keeping accurate records of maintenance performed.
What are the qualifications of an X-Ray Technician?
There are a few qualifications that are necessary in order to be an X-Ray Technician. Firstly, it is important to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Secondly, most employers require that X-Ray Technicians have completed an accredited training program which is specific to the field of radiography. Thirdly, it is necessary to be licensed in order to practice as an X-Ray Technician in most states. Finally, continuing education is often required in order to maintain licensure.
What are the working conditions of an X-Ray Technician?
An X-Ray Technician typically works in a hospital setting, but may also work in a doctor’s office, urgent care center, or imaging center. They may be required to work evenings or weekends, as well as holidays. The hours are often long, and they may be on their feet for most of the day.
An X-Ray Technician must be able to lift and position patients as well as operate heavy machinery. They must be able to follow medical protocols and have excellent attention to detail. While many X-Ray Technicians work full time, some may work part time or per diem.
What is the salary of an X-Ray Technician?
The median annual salary for X-ray technicians was $60,070 in May 2019, which is higher than the median annual salary for all occupations of $39,810. The top 10 percent of earners made more than $84,410, while the bottom 10 percent made less than $42,540.