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Radiologic technologists

What Radiologic and MRI Techs Do

Radiologic technologists, also known as radiographers, perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images. 

Radiologic and MRI technologists typically do the following:

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Work with physicians to evaluate the images and to determine whether additional images need to be taken
  • Keep detailed patient records

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Radiologic and MRI Technologists, 
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm (visited May 25, 2016). 

Occupation Summary

Quick Facts: Radiologic and MRI Technologists
2015 Median Pay $58,120 per year 
$27.94 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Associate's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation See How to Become One
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2014 230,600
Job Outlook, 2014-24 9% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2014-24 20,700

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