About the Profession
Radiology is the branch of medicine that uses different forms of radiation to produce images that aid in the diagnosis or treatment of disease. The radiographic images, used in diagnosis are produced by the radiographer. These images are then interpreted by the radiologist (a physician) to diagnose and recommend treatment of disease.
The radiography program prepares individuals to become radiologic technologists. Radiologic technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care.
Radiographers work in a variety of settings including hospitals, diagnostic centers, doctor's offices, clinics and orthopedic practices. Advanced career options in education, administration and research are also possible. Daily tasks of radiographers include:
- Positioning imaging equipment and adjusting controls to produce diagnostic quality images.
- Assisting the radiologist in performing specialized imaging procedures.
- Preparing patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure and gathering pertinent clinical data.
- Assessing patient condition and utilizing professional judgment and critical thinking to modify procedures as necessary.
- Providing accurate explanations and instructions to the patient and addressing patient questions and concerns regarding the procedure when appropriate.
- Administering contrast agents according to established guidelines and monitoring the patient for adverse reactions.
- Documenting diagnostic and patient information in the appropriate record according to established criteria and procedures.
- Collaborating with physicians and other members of the healthcare team to elevate the quality of patient care.
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