A Radiologic Technologist must be capable of communicating with and maneuvering patients, reacting to emergency situations, manipulating heavy equipment and handling radiographic accessories; therefore, he/she must have adequate use of speech, limbs and auditory as well as visual senses. The following is a list of essential functions that must be performed in a satisfactory manner.
- Communicating clearly and effectively with patients and other members of the healthcare team in oral and written formats.
- Assessing patient condition, monitoring signs and reacting appropriately.
- Transferring patients to and from imaging table(s), stretcher(s), wheelchair(s) and crib(s) with adequate strength to keep patient safe.
- Reading and interpreting patient charts and requisitions for pertinent history, laboratory results and examination orders.
- Maintaining radiologic reports and records.
- Manipulating x-ray equipment, including the physical transportation of mobile units and grasping small objects, to complete examinations on the patient according to established procedure and standards of speed and accuracy.
- Calculating and selecting proper technical factors according to the individual needs of the patient.
- Handling cassettes and grids as well as other radiographic accessories.
- Assessing the direction of the central ray to the anatomic part being examined and aligning the image receptor.
- Processing radiographic images.
- Visually analyzing images to determine diagnostic quality.
- Performing data entry using digital equipment.
- Practicing appropriate radiation protection and safety measures.
- Standing unassisted for long periods of time.
- Handling stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards and patient care situations.