X-ray Tech and Radiologic Technogist Overview:X-ray Tech is responsible for performing a examination in radiology departments in accordance to the standard protocol of department when patient conditions allows for producing a readable radiograph. X ray technicians also know as xray technologist, radiologic technologist or radiographer. The responsility necessary for the tech to know is that normal anatomy and normal anatomy variations is essential knowledge so that patient can be accurately position, and radiographic characteristics of various number of common abnormalities, although is not responsible for reading radiograph, explaining the cause, diagnosis and treatment of disease, but technicians professional responsibility is to produce an image that makes the abnormality evident on radiograph. The technician also take the medical history of patient, explains what to expect and answers the patient's questions when radiographic imaging is needed to patients.
Difference between Associate X-ray tech and BS Radilogic Technogist:
Xray tech can only be work with convetional X-ray machine and Fluoroscopy only while bachelors degree on radiologic technology can work with a variety of imaging systems including:
- Conventional X-ray Machines
- Ct scan machines
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Machines
- Digital Mammography Machines
What are Radiologist?The radiologist is a physician who is board certified to read, or interpret x-ray examinations. As the demand for the radiologist time increases, the available time is lessen to devote to the technnical aspects of radiology. This situation make the radiologist more dependent on the radiologic technician or x-ray tech to perform the technical aspects of patient care.
Radiology Trainings for Clinical Specialties Summary
Medical School - 4 years
Radiology Residency - 4 years (1 year clinical)
Nuclear Medicine - 4 years
Radiation Therapy (Oncology) - 4 years
Subspecialty Fellowship - 1 year
Research - 1 year