Clinical Skills Required for Examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

ARRT
Radiologic Technologist

  • Evaluate the need for and use of protective shielding
  • Take appropriate precautions to minimize radiation exposure to patients.
  • Restrict beam to limit exposure area, improve image quality and reduce radiation dose.
  • Set kilovolt peak (kVp) level, milliamperage (mA), and time (s) or automate exposure system to achieve optimal image quality, safe operating conditions, and minimum radiation dose.
  • Prevent all unnecessary persons from remaining in area during x-ray exposure.
  • Take appropriate precautions to minimize occupational radiation exposure.
  • Wear a personnel radiation monitoring device while on duty.
  • Review and evaluate individual occupational exposure reports.
  • Warm up the xray tube according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Prepare and adjust radiographic imaging system and accessories.
  • Prepare and adjust the fluoroscopic imaging system and accessories.
  • Recognize and report malfunctions in the radiographic or fluoroscopic imaging system and accessories.
  • Perform basic evaluations of radiographic equipment and accessories like lead aprons, collimator accuracy.
  • Inspect and clean screens and cassettes.
  • Perform startup or shutdown procedures on automatic film processor
  • Recognize and report malfunctions in the automatic processor.
  • Recognize and report malfunctions in the automatic processor.
  • Process exposed film.
  • Reload cassettes by selecting film of proper size and type.
  • Store film or cassette by selecting film of proper size and type.
  • Store firm or cassettes in a manner that will reduce the possibility or artifact production.
  • Select appropriate firm and screen combination or grid.
  • Determine appropriate exposure factors using calipers, technique charts and tube rating charts.
  • Modify exposure factors for circumstances such as involuntary motion, casts and splints, pathologic conditions, or patient’s inability to cooperate.
  • Use radiopaque markers to indicate anatomic side, position, or other relevant information.
  • Evaluate patient and radiographs to determine if additional projections or positions should be recommended.
  • Evaluate radiographs for diagnostic quality.
  • Determine corrective measures if radiograph is not of diagnostic quality and take appropriate action.
  • Select equipment and accessories for the examination requested.
  • Remove all radiopaque materials from patient or table that could interfere with the radiographic image.

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