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Radiology technicians perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients.
To be a radiology technician, most people obtain an associate degree. Programs typically include clinical experience and course work in anatomy, pathology, and patient care. High school students who are interested in radiology should take courses that focus on math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics.
As a radiology technician, you’ll need to follow specific instructions to capture images for the proper diagnosis, so being detail oriented is very important. Strong technical skills are also necessary to operate complex machinery that you will use. Since you’ll be working closely with patients that may be in pain, you will need good interpersonal skills to ensure their comfort, as well.
After two years, you may expect to have mastered skills related to operating computerized equipment and preparing patients for procedures.
After five years, you may expect to continue your education in order to become an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) technologist.
After ten years, you may expect to complete an ARRT certification program to work in ultrasound, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy.