What You’ll Learn at X-Ray Technician School

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Posted on 30th April 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

So, you’re thinking about attending a radiology or x-ray school, but you’re not sure what to expect from the courses and training.  Hopefully, I can shed some light on what to expect from most schools offering x-ray programs.  Because learning how to perform x-rays is a very hands on skill, campus programs are much more prevalent than online.

Most x-ray programs start with general courses on medical terminology, medical ethics, a basic physics review, and anatomy.  The goal with these courses is to provide you with the foundational knowledge you will need to thoroughly understand what you learn in the more specific courses in x ray and radiology technology and techniques.

The next phase is the core radiology courses where you will apply your knowledge of anatomy to patient positioning and image quality.  Remember, when you are out there in the real world, your primary job will be to obtain the best possible image for proper diagnosis by the physician or radiologist.  This involves understanding the correct angles, exposure, and machine settings to get the best result.  In this phase of your training, expect to take classes on radiation exposure and quality control, radiobiology, patient positioning, radiographic equipment, and detailed instruction on procedures and protocols.

The last phase of most x-ray technician programs is the applied learning phase where you will put your classroom knowledge to clinical practice.  This often involves being assigned to work with a seasoned x-ray technician at a local diagnostic imaging center.  Here, you will do job shadowing and will perform a set of basic competencies, which will be observed and graded.  You will get a chance to work with real patients in an actual clinical setting.  Once you have proven that you can perform a set of predetermined tasks, you are ready for that first job of your own.

Once you have completed the program, you may need to become licensed in the state you will be working in.  You will also need to determine whether you want to become certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).  Get your education started by learning more about and kick-start a rewarding career in medical imaging.

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