Radiologic Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Maintains and uses equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the body on X-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Positions x-ray equipment and adjusts controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.
  • Uses beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
  • Positions patient on examining table and sets up and adjusts equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
  • Processes exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
  • Explains procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.
  • Determines patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
  • Prepares and sets up x-ray room for patient.
  • Makes exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
  • Operates digital picture archiving communications systems.
  • Transports patients to or from exam rooms.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Exposed to radiation more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Radiology Technician (Radiology Tech) --
  • Registered Radiographer --
  • X-Ray Technician (X-Ray Tech) --
  • Chief Technician, X-Ray (Chief Tech, X-Ray) --
  • Limited Radiology Technician --