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September 9, 2009

Radiologic technologist

Wikipedia Wednesday

~A radiological technologist or radiographer, is an allied medical professional who applies doses of ionizing radiation or radioactive materials to patients in order to reduce or eradicate tumors and cancer cells and create medical images of the human anatomy to aid radiologist and doctors diagnose and treat illness and injury. They work in hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories, nursing homes, and in private practice.

Today Jake is taking his radiology tech registry.... he gets his score immediately after the test.

~A radiologic technologist in the U.S. is educated in a two or four year accredited (by the Joint Review Committee on educational programs in Radiologic Technology) program. There are accredited military program (such as the US ARMY MOS 68P), 2-year certificate programs, 2-year associate degree programs and there are 4 year bachelors programs in Radiologic Technology. There are a few Masters Degree programs offered in the USA in Education and Administration. After completion of any of these programs, the graduate technologist would sit for their board exam. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification (or board) exam is the gold standard in the USA. However, some states allows for the practice called "limited license" radiography, in which case individuals are permitted to attend classes for several weeks with a focus on a specific body part, sometimes followed by the ARRTexam, but this may be optional as long as the state they practice in has issued them a "limited license" to practice.
Federal legislation protects the public from the hazards of unnecessary exposure to medical and dental radiation by ensuring that operators of radiologic equipment are properly educated. However, there is much controversy of what "properly educated" is defined as. The gold standard in the USA is a minium of 2 years with a fully accredited curriculum (Refer to ASRT curriculum guide & JRCERT accreditation standards). Furthermore, under this legislation, the federal government sets voluntary standards that states may use for accrediting training programs and certifying individuals who engage in medical or dental radiography.
In 2005, 38 states certified radiologic technologists. Certification, which is voluntary, is offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Many employers prefer to hire certified radiographers. Certified radiographers have the most career flexibility to practice, as the ARRT credentials are accepted everywhere in the USA (although some states do require a state license to practice too). Those not credentialed by the ARRT and only licensed in their state may not be able to practice outside that state.
Radiographers certified by the ARRT are expected to re-certify every two years. To be recertified, radiographers must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years. Failure to complete this continuing education can result in a radiologic technologist needing to re-take their ARRT board exam in order to be credentialed again.

Jake will have to pay another $150 after his birthday in October..... which sucks big time!

~The American Society of Radiologic Technologists salary survey had the median earnings nationwide at $58,673 per year. Mean full-time compensation was reported highest in California ($75,873), Massachusetts ($71,574), Washington, D.C. ($68,585), Connecticut ($66,471) and Oregon ($66,152). Mean full-time compensation was reported lowest in West Virginia ($45,627), South Dakota ($48,902), Alabama ($49,131), Arkansas ($50,244) and North Dakota ($50,601). The disciplines/specialties yielding the highest compensation were medical dosimetry ($87,188)and radiation therapy ($71,461). Radiography ($52,336) was least lucrative, followed by mammography ($56,605). The survey is computed by information provided by the technologists themselves. As in most fields, wages increase commensurately with the amount of experience, responsibility levels and various modality capabilities.

I'll be very excited once Jake gets a job. Even a part time one.... He's nervous today... But we're thinking about our future. He doesn't know if he wants to stay in the field. He has been looking around some, but he really likes what he is doing. It challenges him within his comfort zone... Everyone send up a little prayer please!

1 comment:

john said...

Their jobs are really important. One requirement that they have is to take up radiology continuing education every two years. This helps to ensure that they are updated with the technology, the techniques and the must know education about their fields.