Radiology technicians, also called radiographers or x-ray techs, usually work in hospitals or diagnostic imaging centers where they are responsible for producing x-rays of the patient for diagnostic purposes.
To work in the capacity of a radiology technician, one must possess proper skills related to this field. While it is important to possess experience in radiology, skills help us in actually performing our work.
For the position of a radiology technician, most of the employers are looking for an individual having the ability to operate MRI and CT scan machines along with handling standard and complex x-ray machinery. Furthermore, a radiology technician should be detail-oriented and possess good interpersonal and communication skills. It is also very important for a radiology technician to keep up with technology and possess the ability to learn new tools and methods.
Given below is a list of skills that a radiology technician should possess:
List of Skills and Abilities for Radiology Technician
• Extensive knowledge of steps and techniques needed to diagnose and examine patient’s medical condition and produce high quality images.
• Vast experience using sensitometry and densitometry equipment.
• Ability to accurately position patients to produce high quality images.
• Strong technical skills and ability to work with complex computers and machinery.
• Capable of using PACS and associated diagnostic imaging equipment.
• Capable of operating computerized axial tomography (CT) Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Fluoroscopy and Digital mammography technologies.
• Profound knowledge of using x-rays and other imaging equipment properly and safely.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain patient safety at all times.
• Strong communication skills and ability to explain complex radiology terms and procedures to patients along with ability to keep patient calm while performing tests.
• Excellent time management skills, attention-to-detail, ability to work well under pressure and handle difficult situation.
• Extensive knowledge of relevant regulations and policies.
• Excellent physical stamina and ability to stand for long days.
• Functional knowledge of performing venography, myelography and gastrointestinal examinations in accordance to each patient’s medical history and primary diagnosis.