A radiology technician is a medical specialist who undertakes imaging of body parts for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment of medical complications. This implicates that their work stations are mainly in hospitals, clinics or private practice. Through their expertise, they are able to undertake body anatomy imaging as well as giving interpretations to the body organ images taken (X-rays).
Specialities/modalities of Radiology technicians
There are several areas in which radiography technicians cans specialize in. These include; diagnostic radiography, sonography, fluoroscopy, Computerized Tomography, Magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and mammography. All these constitute the various sub-fields that radiographers may specialize in.
Career Training for Radiography technicians
To become a qualified radiology technician practitioner, one needs to go through a series of trainings as well as evaluation stages all of which he/she has to pass. These include academic training programs, life experience requirements as well as certifications that one has to go through. Though different countries have different training programs for the accreditation of their practicing radiography technicians, there are basic underlying factors that all must bear and include the following:
To become a practicing radiology technician, one needs to get a diploma or a degree in radiography. This helps you get the basics of radiography as well as understanding the processes undertaken in practice. Being a medical course whose basis lies in Physics and mathematics, one should also have thorough understanding of each of the prerequisite subjects. Next, your Bachelors degree may be in Radiography technology major as this forms the basis of the career. Here, you cover the basics of X-ray operations such as radiography procedures, image production and patient protection among others. At advance levels of your training, you should also consider specializing in one or more of the speciality modalities listed above.
Once you have acquired your radiology training, you need to get registered with a recognized radiography regulating body. This helps you get approval for practicing as a radiography technician. However, to get this certification, one needs to pass several industry based exams which determines your expertise and consequently the certification obtained.
Once you have satisfied the regulatory board with your performance in the pre-certification exam, you qualify for licensing as a radiography technician practitioner.