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Radiologic Technology is the science of using radiation to produce the images that radiologist use to diagnose injury and disease Radiologic technologist or radiographer function as part of the health care team by assisting physicians namely radiologist in procedures operating imaging equipment positioning and care of patients The radiographer is also responsible for patient and personal safety as well as upkeep of equipment To be able to perform these duties radiographers must follow guidelines set down by various organizations and be able to perform duties in a professional caring manner To become radiologic technologists students must graduate from an accredited radiologic technology program and pass the national board exam known as the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists ARRT There are both college-based and hospital-based programs The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology JRCERT accredits these programs Training includes radiation safety proper positioning and procedures patient care as well as ethical and legal standards With experience and additional training staff technologists may become specialists performing CT scanning ultrasound cardiovascular angiography and magnetic resonance imaging as well as becoming an educator Experienced technologists may also be promoted to supervisor chief radiologic technologist and ultimately to radiographer manager The ARRT is responsible for testing and provides certification for these advancement positions Radiographers work in a variety of settings including hospitals clinics and outpatient centers The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations JCAHO accredits hospitals and makes sure hospitals maintain expected standards Today many hospitals are affiliated with Health Maintenance Organizations HMO All members of the health care team in these hospitals help keep costs down by promoting preventative care They must be role models for good health to set an example for patients The imaging department of a hospital is usually headed by the radiographer manager who works closely with radiologists and administration to establish policies and budgets Under the manager is the chief technologist who schedules staff maintains supplies
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