Computed Tomography technicians, sometimes known as CT technologists, are responsible for operating CT equipment that will produce cross-sectional images of patient’s organs, tissue and bones and are used to diagnose medical conditions including internal diseases and/or injuries. In addition to conducting the scans, the CT will prepare the patient for the procedure and explain the process. The Tech will also be responsible for proper positioning of the patient to correctly capture the images requested by the physician. Typically the CT will work in a hospital setting or a private doctor’s office.
Daily tasks of the CT may include preparing and operating the CT scanner. Administrative duties such as recording scan times and requesting scans are also completed by the CT Tech. Safety precautions must be taken very seriously by the CT Tech as they are working with radiation. The Tech will normally wear lead gloves, aprons and other shielding devices while doing their jobs. Radiation exposure is constantly monitored.
The project job growth estimated by the BLS is 21% for Radiologic Technologists over the next several years. A Certificate, Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Technology or a similar field is normally required for these positions.