How to Become a Radiology Technician

HealthcareNovember 21, 2017

Also known as radiologic techs, Radiology Technicians basically photograph a patient’s bones, organs, and tissue using x-rays or CT (computed tomography) imaging. Physicians then use those images to diagnose illnesses and injuries.

Radiology technologists must work closely with patients to position them properly and protect them from overexposure to harmful radiation. This means they use both high-tech and soft people skills on the job.

If such a career is of interest, you should first acquaint yourself with the duties of a radiology technician to make sure you understand what you’re expected to know…and do. Then complete the proper educational training program and become licensed and certified, if possible. Almost all states will require you to be licensed. Certification often is an option, but one that may enable you to perform more different tests and secure stronger employment opportunities.

Most Radiology Technologist programs will include core studies in areas that include anatomy, biology, radiology theory, chemistry, math, and patient safety, among others. You also may wish to consider a specialty – such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), or mammography. By specializing, you open up future potential opportunities for advancement as a radiology director or instructor.

Why become a Radiology Technician? In addition to using high-tech equipment, you will help manage patient fears, which can be very rewarding in and of itself. Plus, the career generally provides fair compensation without requiring a four-year degree. In fact, becoming a radiology technician, diagnostic sonographer, or other medical imaging professional can be achieved in a relatively short time. While bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs are options, certificate programs often can be completed in about one year, which gets graduates into a career and on the job more quickly.

Select Fortis College and Institute campuses in Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas offer Radiology Technician programs designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in imaging and radiologic professions. To learn more about Radiology Technology as a career, visit our Radiologic Technology page, and find the campus nearest you offering a Radiologic Technologist course of study. 

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