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Working As A Radiologic Technologist Assistant

  • 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 Radiologic Technologist Assistant 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 Radiologic Technologist Assistant

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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Radiologic Technologist Assistant Career Paths

Radiologic Technologist Assistant
Radiologic Technician Laboratory Technician Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Laboratory Technician Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Laboratory Technician Consultant
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Administrator Executive Assistant
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician CT Technologist
Lead CT Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Program Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Director
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist CT Technologist
Lead MRI Technologist
8 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist Lead Technician Technical Manager
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Technician Controls Technician
Senior Radiologic Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Senior Technologist Chief Technologist
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Staff Radiologic Technologist Lead Radiologic Technologist
Radiology Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Radiologic Technologist Lead Radiologic Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Radiology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Director Of Radiology
10 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist Nuclear Medicine Technologist Radiation Safety Officer
Supervisor Nuclear Medicine
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Technologist Lead CT Technologist Radiology Manager
Manager Of Imaging
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Technologist 4.9 years
Imaging Assistant 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Radiologic Technologist Assistant
Cashier 4.7%
Internship 2.8%
Server 1.9%
Assistant 1.9%
Top Careers After Radiologic Technologist Assistant
Cashier 2.0%
Technician 1.8%
Server 1.6%
Internship 1.4%

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Radiologic Technologist Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

66.6%

Male

24.0%

Unknown

9.3%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.3%

Portuguese

4.1%

Chinese

4.1%

German

4.1%

French

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

Hindi

2.7%

Tagalog

2.7%

Mandarin

2.7%

Serbian

2.7%

Bulgarian

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Turkish

1.4%

Somali

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Gujarati

1.4%

Thai

1.4%
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Radiologic Technologist Assistant Education

Schools

Keiser University

27.9%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

Sinclair Community College

6.2%

Quinnipiac University

5.8%

Bunker Hill Community College

4.7%

Spencerian College - Louisville

4.3%

Weber State University

3.9%

Ashford University

3.5%

West Virginia University

3.5%

Baker College

3.5%

Gateway Community College

3.5%

Capital Community College

3.1%

Delgado Community College

3.1%

Broward College

3.1%

Calhoun Community College

3.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.1%

Harcum College

2.7%

Northcentral Technical College

2.7%

Gannon University

2.7%

Siena Heights University

2.7%
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Majors

Medical Technician

41.5%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

12.7%

Military Technology

6.6%

Business

6.0%

Nursing

5.0%

Health Care Administration

4.8%

Medical Assisting Services

4.6%

Health Sciences And Services

2.9%

Biology

2.1%

General Studies

2.0%

Clinical Psychology

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Management

1.2%

Computer Science

1.1%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.0%

Psychology

1.0%

Nursing Assistants

1.0%

Public Health

0.9%

Kinesiology

0.8%
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Degrees

Associate

41.2%

Bachelors

20.4%

Other

19.9%

Certificate

9.7%

Masters

5.2%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Radiologic Technologist Assistant

  1. Radiology
  2. Patient Care
  3. Medical Records
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Have cultivated proficiency in use of state-of-the-art imaging equipment, radiology management, and hospital information systems.
  • Assisted radiology technologists with patient care and printing and hanging examinations for radiologist interpretation.
  • File Room clerk - Maintained and filed records, researched and requisitioned accurate medical records including delivery all over Southeastern Michigan.
  • Performed direct patient care tasks such as blood draw, EKG, splinting, vitals, and CLIA waived testing
  • Assessed patients prior to their appointment with the doctor, including taking their vital signs and medical histories.

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