Technicians prepare patients by explaining each step of the medical imaging process. They also play an important role in assuaging the anxieties of patients who may be concerned about the procedure. After instructing patients to remove jewelry, clothing or other items that could interfere with the equipment, radiology technicians position them correctly and protect them from overexposure, for example by covering parts of the body not being filmed with lead aprons. Occasionally they inject barium- and iodine-based contrast agents to improve image quality.
After focusing the equipment and capturing the images on digital file or film, radiology technicians review the results of their work with radiologists, and take additional views when necessary. A radiology technician may also be responsible for updating patient records and maintaining the imaging equipment itself.
Gregory Hunanian, ARDMS,RVT
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