What is a Radiologic Technologist?

School of Radiology

What Is a Radiologic Technologist?
Registered radiologic technologists (R.T.(R)) are responsible for producing images of the human body by operating radiologic equipment emitting ionizing radiation. These images are viewed by radiologists or physicians to assist in the diagnosis of disease and injury.

Radiologic technologists position patients on the radiographic table, adjusting and operating the X-ray and other imaging equipment to produce and develop films of the human body. They work directly with physicians and patients, hold responsibility for the safety of patients during the procedure, keep records, prepare work schedules, and maintain equipment.

Things to consider if you are interested in being a radiologic technologist:

  • You will have a lot of contact with patients.
  • Starting pay in Wisconsin is estimated from $19-21/hour for basic radiology without prior work experience. The median annual wage of radiologic technologists was $55,910 or $26.88 in May 2012.(US. Dept. Labor and Statistics)
  • Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow by 21% between 2010 and 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.(US. Dept. Labor and Statistics)