Radiography technician training, certification and job description
How to become a Radiography technician
Radiography technician Training
An aspiring radiography technician should complete an entry level education (high school degree or GED certificate) and complete 2 years of radiology program in a community school. If the candidate obtains certificate and license from bachelor’s degree from a school accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)., then one should complete a further study of 2 years in order to specialize from a radiology school. To gain radiography experience, one should master the basics, complete the class work, and undergo hands on experience or advanced training.
Radiography technician Certification
An aspiring radiography technician should first complete a radiology course and receive a voluntary certificate in radiology from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). In general, a radiography technician should obtain a radiology degree from a school or hospital and the radiography program should be accredited by the ARRT. The student should obtain a certificate in radiology on completion of exams officially conducted by the ARRT and receive a state license followed by registration. On obtaining license, the radiography technician can specialize in various other radiology fields like cardiovascular intervention, Radiotherapy and CT.
Radiography technician job description
There has been a sudden hike in demand for the radiography technicians as the medical imaging system is commonly used to determine wide variety of diseases and even before performing a surgery. Hence, one can have a lucrative and rewarding career on completing just 2 years of radiography training program. The job of a radiography technician (also called as radiology technician) includes arranging a patient for radiography exam, developing x-ray films, obtaining images through fluoroscopy, operating imaging equipment, protecting patients from radiation exposure and producing radiographs for medical diagnostic purpose. It is a radiography technician’s duty to prevent radiation accidents, radiation exposure of patients, to evaluate the radiographs, record the medical findings and reporting to the consultant physician.
How much does a radiography technician earn ?
The annual salary for an average radiography technician is around $54,340 per year and an average hourly wage is around $26.13 per hour. Read more about radiography technician salary.