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Radiologic Technologist/Technician and MRI Technician (Nuclear Medicine Technician)

What Does a Radiologic Technologist/Technician Do?

Radiologic technologists take x-rays, mammograms and use machines or administer radioactive materials to treat problems like cancer. Some specialize in procedures like magnetic resonance imaging and computerized tomography. Specific tasks include:

  • Preparing patients for imaging or treatment;
  • Positioning patients;
  • Adjusting and positioning equipment;
  • Developing film;
  • Inspecting images;
  • Communicating with physicians and other health care providers

How Do I Become a Radiologic Technologist/Technician?

Community colleges and some universities teach radiologic technology. Programs last from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology is the primary accrediting body for these programs. Radiologic technologists need a state license from the Department of Health Professions, Board of Medicine in order to practice in Virginia. To get a license you must be registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To be registered you have to complete an accredited radiologic technology program and pass the ARRT's certification exam.
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