X-ray Technician Job Description and Profile

X-ray Technician’s job entails performing radiological tasks in abidance with x-ray department as well as legal requirements. The main responsibility of X-ray technicians is to capture and develop x-ray film. Under the guidance of a Physician, they perform selected lab, nursing, clerical, and administrative duties that support in the effective delivery of patient care and primary health care management.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Adjusting and setting radiographic controls to the prescribed specifications for accurate timing of exposure and regulating the intensity and length of film exposure.
  • Developing, fixing, washing, and drying exposed films using drying equipment and film processing.
  • Positioning and restraining patients and taking X-rays of various parts of the patients as requested by the physicians.
  • Selecting proper ionizing elements for radiological diagnosis.
  • Checking X-rays for image clarity and recapturing X-rays when needed.
  • Implementing infection control procedures and processes for the work environment.
  • Distributing films to appropriate physicians or medical staff.
  • Maintaining required records like patient records, monthly reports, and daily logbooks.
  • Maintaining quality and quantity control checks so as to assure that X-ray unit meets required standards.
  • Protecting patients and other departments from radiation hazards.
  • Cleaning, maintaining, and making minor modifications to radiographic equipments, including detecting repairs required to equipment.
  • Maintaining radiographic film, supplies, and equipment.
  • Requesting, retrieving and tracking files from and to other centers or departments.
  • Making medical appointments with hospitals for patients requiring special examinations like CAT scans, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound.

Skills and Specifications

  • Ability to operate modern x-ray equipment.
  • Ability to work together with others.
  • Ability to make intelligent and accurate observations.
  • Ability to effectively convey and present information to physicians or medical staff.

Education and Qualifications

  • General education degree or high school diploma in radiological technology.
  • Certificate in X-ray technology from an accredited institution.