As a critical member of the healthcare team, radiologic technologists utilizing various imaging technologies, acquire images of a patient’s body for radiologists who will then interpret the images.
Radiologic technologists often specialize in a particular examination technique, such as mammography, CT, ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine, or cardiac and interventional imaging. These professionals can also assist oncology teams in delivering radiation therapy to cancer patients. Most radiologic technologists are employed at hospitals, physicians’ offices and in medical and diagnostic laboratories.
Becoming a radiologic technologist typically requires an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. In addition to a degree, in most states, radiologic technologists must be licensed and/or certified to have careers in radiology. Ongoing continuing education credits are required to maintain both national and state certifications.
With the number of radiologic technologists in the US projected to increase by 9% by 2024, the field of radiologic technology is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations. More than 17,200 new jobs are expected in the field between 2014 and 2024.
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