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Radiologic Technologist (R.T.)
Radiologic Technologists (R.T.) work under the supervision of the Radiologist using X-rays, radiation, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) scanner, fluoroscopes, mammography, positron emission (PET) scanning to create images of internal organs, tissues, and bones. They help to prepare the patient for the procedure. In some cases they give an injection, position the patient, maintain patient and staff safety during the procedure to prevent undo exposure to radiation, provide patient education about the procedure and aftercare. Rad Techs or Special Imaging Techs are responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment, processing X-ray films and other test images, storage and disposal of radioactive materials. They may also supervise other staff and manage the department or specialty area. Most Rad Techs earn an associate degree but bachelor's degrees are also available. They must also take a national certification exam. Specific job titles exist for Rad Techs who specialize, plus additional training and certification are required. Employment is found in hospitals, clinics, doctor offices, dental offices, mobile units. In Minnesota, the median salary for a radiologic technician is $55,702.
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