Our x-ray technicians receive instructions from our doctors regarding the procedures every patient requires. They are responsible for getting clear imaging results, which requires proper use of the equipment and keeping patients calm and informed throughout the whole procedure. If a patient has any questions or concerns about the procedure the technician can provide answers and assistance. If an X-ray procedure is performed, our technicians must comply with the safety regulations involving the use of radiation and others to protect themselves, patients and other staff members from over-exposure to radiation.
To lessen radiation risks, our technicians will use a technique called patient-shielding, which involves placing lead shields or aprons on parts of a patient's body that aren't being photographed. Alternatively, they may adjust x-ray beams so they cover a limited area. They must also position the radiographic machinery so it is at a proper distance, angle and height from the patient. Other duties include keeping equipment in good working order, maintaining patient records and developing exposed radiographs.
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A radiologist is a medical doctor who is trained in executing and interpreting medical images such as X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, and MRIs and using them to treat health problems in patients. Radiologists perform image-guided procedures but do not normally handle the general medical needs of a patient. Instead, a radiologist is a specialist who uses the tools of his or her trade to make a diagnosis for a patient, then presents the results to the patient's physician.
The most common tool a radiologist uses is the X-ray. An X-ray is an image taken by using a machine to beam radiation through a patient's body onto a radiation-sensitive plate after carefully covering other portions of the patient's body with lead shields. Radiologists normally employ radiological technicians to do the actual X-ray photography, but they are trained in the photography process as well.
Other devices that our radiologists use in their work include computer tomography (CT) scanners, which take cross-sectional X-ray pictures of the human body and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, which use magnets and radio waves to create a picture of the inside of the human body. Our radiologists may specialize in nuclear medicine, therapeutic radiology, interventional radiology or other subspecialties, including mamo and ultrasound.