Diagnostic Imaging Technologist / Radiological Technologist
A Diagnostic Imaging Technologist / Radiological Technologist is a qualified professional who uses radiation or electromagnetism to produce diagnostic images of a patient's body or who administers radiation to treat patients for certain medical conditions, on the order of a physician.
They produce x-rays films (radiographs) of parts of the human body on film or on computer screens for use in diagnosing medical problems.
An Exciting Field of Work
In general, Diagnostic Imaging Technologists / Radiological Technologists:
- Operate X-ray, radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, computerized tomography (CT) scanners, and mammography units to produce radiographs or anatomic images of the human body for the diagnosis by radiologists of disease or injury
- Assist the radiologist in procedures as required
- Prepare patients, explain the procedure and answer questions
- Record and process patient data
- Perform basic verification and quality control checks on radiographic and film processing equipment
- Provide appropriate care for the patient during the radiographic examination
- Apply radiation protection measures
- May provide guidance, training and orientation to other diagnostic imaging staff, students, and other health care professionals
Personal Characteristics / Skills
- Strong problem-solving and
- Excellent technical skills and interest in technology
- Good judgment
- Empathy and understanding of patients needs
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to adapt in difficult or stressful settings
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
Education and Training
Completion of an accredited University or College educational program in Radiography or Radiological Technology is required to work in this field.
Education program offered in New Brunswick
Radiological Technology programs are offered in New Brunswick by the following educational institutions:
- Saint John School of Radiological Technology – English program
- The Moncton Hospital School of Radiologic Technology – English program
- University of New-Brunswick – English program
- Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) – French program
- Université de Moncton – French program
Length of Study / Training
Licence and certification
In New Brunswick, Diagnostic Imaging Technologists / Radiological Technologists must be certified and registered with the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists - New Brunswick Division and pass the national association's exam.
Helpful High School Courses
- Basic computer course
Employment and Common Working Conditions
Diagnostic Imaging Technologists / Radiological Technologists work in a variety of settings such as:
- Medical clinics
- Research centres
- Medical equipment sales company
Diagnostic Imaging Technologists / Radiological Technologists often work irregular hours; they may work shifts that include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. Most Technologists will be in direct patient contact and lifting or moving patients is a regular component of the job. Safety precautions are required to avoid back strain and repetitive stress injuries as well as unnecessary exposure to radiation.
Employment Prospects - GOOD
With rapidly changing computer enhanced technologies, the aging population and increased demand for imaging services, the demand in this field is expected to grow.