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When does an x-ray technician have emergency calls?

I am interested in becoming an x-ray technician and want to know if you have emergency calls.

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Matthew’s Answer

Hey! Nicole and Katie's answers are pretty spot on. The only clarification I would add is that x-ray technologists can focus on multiple different types of "specialties" or "disciplines". Some areas of specialization pretty much require taking call. For example, a tech that works in cath-lab is guaranteed to take call. In contrast a technologist working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic will most likely never need to take call. Also, taking call as a general x-ray tech working in a hospital is much more likely than working in a clinic. Hope that helps!
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Godfrey’s Answer

Good question,X-ray technicians also do get emergency calls more so when there are trauma/accident patients that would require to be done emergency imaging x-ray
Like when we have chest trauma patients, suspected lower and upper limb fractures, suspected intestinal obstruction.and many other.
Infant they occasionally do emergency calls
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Walid’s Answer

Your job as X-RAY technician is guided by your place either in hospital or a polyclinic. If you’re in a hospital you may have emergency cases like vascular injuries or ischemic bowel or acute fractures or perforated injuries
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Nicole’s Answer

Having to take call will depend on your workplace. In general, outpatient facilities don’t require call whereas hospitals are likely to. A good way to get an idea of who wants what is to check out job ads. Taking call is polarizing enough that job descriptions often specify whether call is required or not. Pro tip: imaging techs should be referred to as technologists and not technicians.
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Katie’s Answer

Hi there! I guess that I would answer this by saying that it depends where you work. Most hospitals do have techs that take call. You would know this at the time of hire, if this is a requirement of the job. Some hospitals staff all shifts around the clock, but may have their techs take call on the weekends. You may even take a job that is PRN only, meaning that they would only call you if they need you. If you work at a clinic or dr office that is only open during the days on weekdays, most likely call would not be required. Hope this helps!
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