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As an x-ray technician, how many patients do you see a day?

I am a high school student researching health care careers for a project.
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Prashanth’s Answer

Hi Suzy,

I hope you’re doing well & wish that you have a great week ahead.

I am answering your question basis the information that I found online. To begin with an exact count of the patients cannot be specified. So I will specify what a typical day in the life of radiology technician looks like

A radiology technician is a medical professional that conducts diagnostic imaging scans, such as x-rays or MRIs, on a patient’s body. With the help of these images, doctors can have a better idea of what is wrong with a patient. Rad techs play a pivotal role in the day-to-day activities of and the delivery of patient care.

Work Environment
One of the first realities of the job is that radiology techs are mostly on their feet all day. They walk patients to laboratories where they administer the diagnostic testing to the patient while standing.
Some heavy lifting could be part of the day too. Equipment may need to be moved around and, depending on the health of the patient, you might need to help or carry patients to the diagnostic rooms.
In addition, because the x-ray tech works in a medical setting, the chance of contracting infectious diseases or being exposed to harmful doses of radiation and other forms of energy from diagnostic technology is high. Luckily, proper procedures and protective gear, like shielding devices, protect technologists from over-exposure.

Tasks and Duties
On a typical workday, a radiology technician will be given instructions by a physician on what part of the body needs to be scanned on a patient. The technologist then meets with the patient, preps them for the specific diagnostic scanning procedure, and then use and monitor the diagnostic devices being used to analyze the patient.
After the procedure is completed, the technologist checks the images to make sure they are clear. The technologist then adds the pictures to the patient’s medical file, which is then taken to the patient’s doctor to analyze.
A technologist will perform these duties on several patients a day. Any non-patient work time may be spent performing administrative tasks or cleaning and taking care of the diagnostic machines.

Hours Worked
A full 8-hour day is very common, but more hours may be asked of many radiologic technologists. Emergency situations, like an injury, can require a radiologic technologist to come and analyze a patient.
Like many medical professionals, several shifts across a 24/7 schedule are available and need to be filled. That means many radiologic technologists work second or third shifts and will also need to work weekends.

Hope this answers your query
Good Luck 😊

Prashanth TM
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Sheriden’s Answer

Hi! It definitely varies a lot per day but at minimum I see 20 patients a day but sometimes up to 45. Each facility is also going to vary a lot as far as the number of patients they see.
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