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What Does a Radiology Tech Do?

Radiology techs look inside the human body with only imaging equipment — no scalpel required. They are the health care professionals who perform diagnostic imaging procedures, such as X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans. They often specialize in a certain modality, such as mammography or bone density scans. They can also specialize in the use of a certain machine, such as MRI technologists or technicians, who operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners.

Radiology techs work closely with physicians. They typically work in hospitals or doctors’ offices. Their work hours may include nights, weekends and holidays. These health care specialists are in demand. Employment for radiology techs is expected to grow about 7% in the next decade, faster than the average for all occupations.

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A radiology tech consults with a doctor before scanning a patient
Medical imaging equipment evolves quickly, which means radiology techs often get the opportunity to learn new skills. (Credit: Tyler Olson/Shutterstock)
A Day In the Life
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Amy Ward, radiology tech ambassador, at St. Augustine Imaging Center
A Day In the Life

Amy Ward didn’t even know she wanted to work in radiology technology. When her best friend had an interview, she went along to offer moral support — and found her career.

"She was trying to get into the training program. I just went for support," says Amy. "But I was the one who fell in love with the program!"

Her good deeds have continued to pay off over the years. "I have some patients who won’t even schedule an appointment if they know I won’t be here. That says a lot."

Amy says if you're compassionate and patient, this is a job well-worth considering.

Job Responsibilities
  • Prepare patients for the procedure
  • Review and update patient charts and doctor’s notes
  • Prepare and administer the mixture that patients drink to create contrast in diagnostic images
  • Position patients to ensure clear images
  • Monitor patients during procedure
  • Practice "ALARA," an acronym for As Low as Reasonably Achievable, which refers to keeping the exposure to radiation as far below the dose limits as possible
  • Calibrate the equipment
  • Log and organize image results
  • Develop film and assist radiologists with the interpretation of results
  • Ensure the proper sterilization and maintenance of equipment
Education + Training

Radiology tech jobs require post-secondary education after high school, but there are several ways to achieve that goal. Some earn an associate degree at a community college. Others enroll in training programs that include classroom time and clinical work and lead to a certificate. A few obtain a bachelor’s degree. 

Radiology techs graduate from an accredited program and get a license, which is required in most states. Some states and employers require techs to pass a certification exam or obtain certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To understand the rules in a particular state, consult the state’s health board.

Registered radiologic techs must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years and be in good standing with the ARRT to renew their license. Continuing education can also open up new opportunities to explore other modalities such as mammogram, CT technology, DEXA and MRI. 

Radiology Tech License and Certificate Requirements

You may need a state license before you can begin working as a Radiology Tech in your state, but most states have different requirements, license fees, and application forms. The good news - we make it super easy for you to find what you need to get your Radiology Tech License. Enter your zip code to get started.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have good physical strength
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Enjoy working with complex equipment and technology
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Have empathy
  • Have strong math skills

Radiology Tech Training in Your Area

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Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)
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Harrison (157.4 Miles)
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University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock (248.8 Miles)
Mineral Area College logo

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Mineral Area College
Park Hills (291.6 Miles)
Southern Arkansas University Tech logo

Level 2 Radiography Technician/Operator Training

Southern Arkansas University Tech
Camden (292.5 Miles)
Southern Arkansas University Tech logo

Level 3 Radiography Technician/Operator Training

Southern Arkansas University Tech
Camden (292.5 Miles)
Southern Arkansas University Tech logo

Level 1 Radiography Technician/Operator Training

Southern Arkansas University Tech
Camden (292.5 Miles)
Jefferson College logo

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Jefferson College
Hillsboro (293.1 Miles)
Southwest Tennessee Community College logo

Radiologic Technology, A.A.S.

Southwest Tennessee Community College
Memphis (352.4 Miles)
Northeast Community College logo

Radiologic Technology, A.A.S.

Northeast Community College
Norfolk (354.2 Miles)
Amarillo College logo

Radiography, A.A.S.

Amarillo College
Amarillo (366.5 Miles)

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