Personal Skills Required for Examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT)

Sunday, May 21, 2017


  • Explain breathing instruction before making the exposure.
  • Position patient to demonstrate the desired anatomy using body landmarks.
  • Explain patient preparation like diet restriction, preparatory medication, before an imaging procedure.
  • Properly sequence radiograph procedures to avoid residual contrast material affecting future examinations.
  • Examine radiographic requisition to verify accuracy and completeness of information.
  • Use universal precautions.
  • Confirm patient’s identity.
  • Question female patients of childbearing age about possible pregnancy.
  • Explain procedures to patient or patient’s family.
  • Evaluate patient’s ability to comply with positioning requirements for the requested examination.
  • Observe and monitor vital signs.
  • Use proper body mechanics or mechanical transfer devices when assisting patients.
  • Provide for patient comfort and modesty.
  • Select immobilization devices, when indicated, to prevent patient movement or ensure patient safety.
  • Verify accuracy of patient film identification.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient information.
  • Use sterile or aseptic technique to prevent contamination of sterile trays, instruments, or fields.
  • Prepare contrast media for administration.
  • Before administration of contrast agent, gather information to determine if the patient is at increased risk for adverse reaction.
  • Perform venipuncture.
  • Observe patient after administration of contrast media to detect adverse reactions.
  • Recognize need for prompt medical attention and administer emergency care.
  • Document required information on patient’s medical record.
  • Clean, disinfect, or sterile facilities and equipment, and dispose of contaminated items in preparation for next examination.
  • Follow appropriate procedures when in contact with a patient in reverse / protective isolation.
  • Monitor medical equipment attached to the patient like intravenous lines, oxygen, during the radiographic procedure.
  • Position patient, xray tube, and image receptor to produce radiographs.

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