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Working As A PRN Radiology Technologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $54,000

    Average Salary

What Does A PRN Radiology Technologist Do

Radiologic technologists, also known as radiographers, perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images. 

Duties

Radiologic and MRI technologists typically do the following:

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Work with physicians to evaluate the images and to determine whether additional images need to be taken
  • Keep detailed patient records

Healthcare professionals use many types of equipment to diagnose patients. Radiologic technologists specialize in x-ray and computed tomography (CT) imaging. Some radiologic technologists prepare a mixture for the patient to drink that allows soft tissue to be viewed on the images that the radiologist reviews.

Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low-dose x-ray systems to produce images of the breast. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties.

MRI technologists specialize in magnetic resonance imaging scanners. They inject patients with contrast dyes so that the images will show up on the scanner. The scanners use magnetic fields in combination with the contrast agent to produce images that a physician can use to diagnose medical problems.

Healthcare professionals who specialize in other diagnostic equipment include nuclear medicine technologists and diagnostic medical sonographers, and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists.

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How To Become A PRN Radiology Technologist

Radiologic technologists and MRI technologists typically need an associate’s degree. Many MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Education

An associate’s degree is the most common educational requirement for radiologic and MRI technologists. There also are postsecondary education programs that lead to graduate certificates or bachelor’s degrees. Education programs typically include both classroom study and clinical work. Coursework includes anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits programs in radiography. Completing an accredited program is required for licensure in some states.

High school students who are interested in radiologic or MRI technology should take courses that focus on math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics. 

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

MRI technologists typically have less than 5 years of work experience as radiologic technologists.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Requirements vary by state.

To become licensed, technologists must usually graduate from an accredited program, and pass a certification exam from the state or obtain a certification from a certifying body. Certifications for radiologic technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certifications for MRI technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). For specific licensure requirements for radiologic technologists and MRI technologists, contact the state’s health board.

Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Radiologic and MRI technologists must follow exact instructions to get the images needed for diagnoses.

Interpersonal skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists work closely with patients who may be in extreme pain or mentally stressed. Technologists must be able to put the patient at ease to get usable images.

Math skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists may need to calculate and mix the right doses of chemicals used in imaging procedures.

Physical stamina. Radiologic and MRI technologists often work on their feet for long periods during their shift and they must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists must understand how to operate complex machinery.

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PRN Radiology Technologist Career Paths

PRN Radiology Technologist
Mammography Technician Ultrasound Technologist Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Physician Assistant Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Ultrasound Technologist Travel Technologist Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Director Of Nuclear Medicine
8 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist Radiology Manager Director Of Radiology
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician CT Technologist
Lead CT Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician MRI Technologist
Lead MRI Technologist
8 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist Chief Technologist Mammography Technician
Lead Mammographer
6 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist MRI Technologist
MRI Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician CT Technologist MRI Technologist
MRI Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Radiologic Technologist Mammography Technician CT Technologist
Manager Of Imaging
9 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Registered Nurse Clinical Instructor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist Lead Technician Operations Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Radiologic Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Radiology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Office Manager Case Manager
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Driver Licensed Practical Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Radiologic Technologist Radiology Manager CT Technologist
Senior Radiologic Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
Computed Tomography Technologist Mammography Technician CT Technologist
Senior Staff Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
Computed Tomography Technologist Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Supervisor Nuclear Medicine
7 Yearsyrs
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PRN Radiology Technologist Demographics

Gender

Female

74.7%

Male

23.3%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

13.3%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.8%

German

12.5%

Portuguese

6.3%

French

6.3%

Dakota

6.3%

Cheyenne

6.3%

Cantonese

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Italian

6.3%
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PRN Radiology Technologist Education

Schools

San Jacinto College District

6.2%

Boise State University

6.2%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

6.2%

Gwinnett Technical College

6.2%

Fort Hays State University

6.2%

Pima Community College

4.6%

Southeast Community College Area

4.6%

Keiser University

4.6%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

4.6%

South Plains College

4.6%

Delgado Community College

4.6%

University of Phoenix

4.6%

Ferris State University

4.6%

Washburn University of Topeka

4.6%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

4.6%

Weber State University

4.6%

Greenville Technical College

4.6%

Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences

4.6%

East Tennessee State University

4.6%

Grand Canyon University

4.6%
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Majors

Medical Technician

50.2%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

13.1%

Military Technology

8.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.5%

Business

3.1%

Clinical Psychology

3.1%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Health Sciences And Services

2.4%

Education

2.1%

Computer Science

1.7%

General Studies

1.7%

Nursing

1.7%

Management

1.0%

Biology

1.0%

Marketing

1.0%

Pharmacy

0.7%

Sociology

0.7%

Hospitality Management

0.7%

Photography

0.7%

Computer Technical Support

0.7%
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Degrees

Associate

41.8%

Bachelors

24.1%

Other

18.3%

Certificate

10.5%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

0.9%
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Top Skills for A PRN Radiology Technologist

  1. Special Procedures
  2. Exam Rooms
  3. Patient Care
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  • Comply with aseptic technique when performing special procedures with contrast.
  • Ensured the cleanliness, sanitation and maintenance of all exam rooms and equipment.
  • Organized and prioritized work during heavy workload situations to expedite patient care
  • Experienced in performing examinations in radiology, surgery, and the emergency department.
  • Operated c-arm to aid physician to view and guide wire and catheter through blood vessels to area of interest.

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