What does a nuclear radiologic technologist do?

Radiologic technologists (radiographers) use X-ray equipment to help diagnose and treat diseases or injuries. They work under the direction of a physician. Radiographers work in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, or physicians’ offices. Some operate mobile X-ray equipment at the patient’s bedside, in the emergency room, or in surgery. Others work in medical laboratories or for private industry.

What might a nuclear medicine radiologic technologist do in a workday?

  • review physicians’ orders and patients’ records to determine required procedures.
  • evaluate patients’ conditions and explain X-ray procedures.
  • position patients and X-ray equipment to make routine radiographs of specific anatomical areas.
  • determine the proper voltage, current, and X-ray exposure.
  • prepare and administer mixtures required for some procedures.
  • assist radiologists in performing sophisticated or invasive procedures.
  • ensure proper equipment operation using quality control techniques.
  • provide radiation protection for patients, others and self.

How much does a radiologic technologist earn?

  • $50,000 - $60,000

How do I become a radiologic technologist?

Students intending to pursue a career as a radiologic technologist should prepare by taking the most challenging high school courses available in science, math and English.

Registered radiologic technologists must complete a two-year training program at an approved hospital or school. High school graduation (or GED) is required for entry into a radiologic technology program. In addition to hospital-based certificate programs, degree programs are offered at two- and four-year colleges and universities. Upon graduation from an accredited program, certification can be obtained through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This certification is voluntary, but is preferred by many employers.

Where else can I learn about becoming a radiologic technologist?

Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists
P.O Box 1114 / Salem, VA 24153
tel:  (540) 355-6778 / web:  www.vsrt.org

American Society of Radiologic Technologists
15000 Central Avenue. S.E. / Albuquerque, NM 87123-3909
tel:  (505) 298-4500 or (800) 444-2778 / web:  www.asrt.org

State Licensure Requirements for Radiologic Technologist:

A license is required to practice as a radiation therapist in the state of Virginia. For more information on licensure, applications, and forms, visit www.dhp.virginia.gov/medicine.

Virginia Board of Medicine
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 / Henrico, VA 23233
Phone: (804) 786-0370 / Email: medbd@dhp.virginia.gov

Educational Institutions in Virginia for Radiologic Technologist: