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Radiologic Technologist
Radiologic Technologists, sometimes known as radiographers, X-ray technologists, or imaging technologists are responsible for producing images of the human body by operating radiologic equipment. These images are viewed by a radiologist and/or physician to assist in the diagnosis of disease and injury.

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Specializations
Ultrasound Technologists/Sonographers - use ultrasound equipment to produce recordings of functions of the body to study, view and/or diagnose diseases or disorders. Radiation Therapy Technologists - give radiation therapy to patients for treatment of disease such as cancer.

Work Activities/Environment
Radiologic technologists work in hospitals, imaging centers, and physicianís offices or clinics. They position patients on the radiographic table, adjust and operate X-ray and other imaging equipment to produce and develop films of the human body. Radiographers work directly with physicians and patients, are responsible for the health and safety of the patient during the procedure, keep patient records, prepare work schedules, and maintain equipment. Technologists work part-time or full-time. They usually work 40 hours a week which may include some evenings and weekends.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for entry into a radiography program. Formal training is offered through hospitals, colleges, universities, vocational/technical institutes and the military. While 2-year programs are most common, students can enroll in programs that last from 1 to 4 years, and receive either a certificate, associate degree or bachelorís degree. Individuals with prior experience in the health field usually enroll in the l-year programs. Course work in a radiologic technology program covers anatomy, physiology, radiation physics and protection, the principles of imaging, medical ethics and terminology, and other related courses in both the classroom and clinical setting. Hospitals and most facilities require technologists to be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Educational Institutions
Blackhawk Technical College
Carroll University
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital
Concordia University
Lakeshore Technical College
Madison Area Technical College
Marian University
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac
Mount Mary College
Nicolet Area Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Waukesha County Technical College
Western Technical College

Hospitals with Associated Educational Programs
Berlin Memorial Hospital
All Saints Healthcare System, Racine
Bellin College, Green Bay
Columbia Hospital, Milwaukee
Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee
Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh
St. Elizabeth, Appleton
St. Lukeís Medical Center, Milwaukee
St. Mary's Hospital, Milwaukee
Theda Clark Medical Center, Neenah
University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Brown Deer

Salary
Average $45,040

Professional Organizations
American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
Rockville, MD, 20852-1402
301/738-8401 or 800/541-9754
www.ardms.org

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Dr.
St. Paul, MN, 55120-1155
651/687-0048
www.arrt.org

American Society of Radiologic Technologists
15000 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM, 87123-3909
505/298-4500 or 800/444-2778
www.asrt.org

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
2745 Dallas Pkwy., Suite 350
Plano, TX, 75093-8730
214/473-8057 or 800/229-9506
www.sdms.org/


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