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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

  • $66,000

    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
Radiologic Technician Laboratory Technician Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician CT Technologist
Lead CT Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Technician Administrator
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Program Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Office Manager
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Director
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist Staff Technologist
Senior Staff Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist Clinical Instructor Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist Technician Controls Technician
Senior Radiologic Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist Technician Senior Technologist
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist Staff MRI Technologist Staff Technologist
Lead MRI Technologist
8 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Director Of Radiology
10 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist
Radiology Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Ultrasound Technologist Clinical Coordinator
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
PRN MRI Technician Staff Technologist Lead Radiologic Technologist
Radiology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
PRN Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
PRN Registered Nurse Supervisor Interim Director
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
PRN Staff Pharmacist Radiation Safety Officer
Supervisor Nuclear Medicine
7 Yearsyrs
Computed Tomography Technologist Radiation Therapist Senior Radiation Therapist
Chief Radiation Therapist
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Radiologic Technologist Lead CT Technologist Radiology Manager
Manager Of Imaging
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Radiographer 6.4 years
CT Technologist 5.2 years
Staff Technologist 4.9 years
X-Ray Technician 4.8 years
PRN MRI Technician 2.1 years
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PRN 2.1%
Server 2.0%
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PRN 1.5%

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Top Skills for A PRN Radiology Technologist

  1. Special Procedures
  2. Exam Rooms
  3. Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • 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.

PRN Radiology Technologist Demographics

Gender

Female

64.9%

Male

21.9%

Unknown

13.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

13.5%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

2.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

German

6.7%

Dakota

6.7%

Cheyenne

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Arabic

6.7%
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PRN Radiology Technologist Education

Schools

San Jacinto College District

10.1%

Fort Hays State University

6.7%

Boise State University

5.6%

Spencerian College - Louisville

5.6%

Keiser University

5.6%

Weber State University

5.6%

Saint Louis Community College

4.5%

Southeast Community College Area

4.5%

St. Philip's College

4.5%

University of Louisiana at Monroe

4.5%

Columbia State Community College

4.5%

South Plains College

4.5%

Delgado Community College

4.5%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

4.5%

Washburn University of Topeka

4.5%

Gwinnett Technical College

4.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.5%

Greenville Technical College

4.5%

Pima Community College

3.4%

Old Dominion University

3.4%
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Majors

Medical Technician

54.2%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

11.4%

Military Technology

7.5%

Clinical Psychology

3.5%

Business

3.1%

Health Sciences And Services

2.9%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.4%

General Studies

1.6%

Nursing

1.6%

Computer Science

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Management

1.0%

Biology

1.0%

Military Applied Sciences

1.0%

Marketing

0.8%

Medical Clinical Sciences

0.8%

Liberal Arts

0.6%

Hospitality Management

0.6%

Photography

0.6%
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Degrees

Associate

46.5%

Bachelors

22.5%

Other

15.6%

Certificate

10.0%

Masters

4.0%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.2%
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