X-Ray Technician Schools

X-ray technologists, or radiographers, perform digital imaging examinations using a variety of techniques, such as CT scans, MRIs, or x-rays to produce images physicians use for medical diagnosis.

Before examination, x-ray technicians set the proper controls on equipment to ensure the x-ray has the correct density, detail, and contrast. In preparing patients for examination, technicians explain the procedure, ask patients to remove jewelry or clothing, and then position patients so the appropriate body parts can be seen in the image.

As protection from improper radiation exposure, x-ray technicians are expected to wear protective equipment such as aprons and gloves.

X-Ray Technician Schools

Potential x-ray technicians must complete a certificate or associate's degree from an accredited x-ray technician school. Accredited x-ray technician schools can be found by calling the state's health board. Courses for x-ray technicians can include:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Patient care
  • Medical ethics
  • Principles of imaging

X-ray technician careers are booming--the job outlook for x-ray technicians is expected to grow about 17 percent between 2008 and 2018, and the median annual salary was $53,240 in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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