Thinking About a Career in Radiology? These Are the Skills You Will Need.

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March 24, 2021 02:07 AM (GMT-04:00)
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Are you thinking about an allied healthcare career in radiology? Radiologic technologists – or rad techs as they are often called -- specialize in imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs and CT scans. These tests help radiologists and other specialists provide accurate diagnoses for their patients. As a radiologic technician, you will likely specialize in a specific discipline, such as mammography. To be successful in this profession, here are some of the skills you will need to acquire.

Excellent Communication Skills

As a radiologic technologist, you will be required to communicate clearly and effectively with physicians, other medical professionals and patients. You’ll need to explain to patients how tests are performed and document patient history, including specific details from the tests you perform. Oftentimes, you will have to communicate with patients who may be extremely anxious. Here are some additional communication skills radiologic technologists may find useful:

  • Active listening ability
  • Ability to show compassion
  • Comforting distressed patients
  • Consulting with physicians
  • Training new staff

Comfort with Technology

Your job as a radiologic technologist will likely include working with a variety of imaging equipment. You will need to get comfortable with these machines, and may be required to maintain, repair and calibrate them regularly. Additionally, as imaging technology improves, you may be required to learn or relearn new machines or techniques. In addition to technology a good understanding of the following will serve you well as a radiologic technologist:

  • Math skills
  • Understanding of scientific principals
  • Problem solving skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity

Attention to Detail

A high-quality image is very important when it comes to the proper diagnosis of each patient. Your work must be precise and that means ensuring the patient, specific body parts and your equipment are positioned properly when you create images. An understanding of basic anatomy and physiology is also extremely helpful to ensure accuracy. Here are several related skills that are also often needed:

  • Good organization
  • Workflow prioritization
  • Time management
  • Multitasking
  • Punctuality and reliability

Now that you know what skills are necessary to have a successful career as a radiologic technologist, are you ready to see what kind of assignments we offer? Search our current opportunities.

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