Radiographers use state of the art equipment to produce diagnostic medical images in a variety of health care settings.
Radiographers perform a wide variety of diagnostic x-ray procedures such as the examinations of the skeletal system, the chest and the abdomen. They administer contrast media to diagnose problems within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the genitourinary system. They also assist the radiologist during special procedures that examine the spinal cord and joint spaces.
Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low-dose x-ray systems to produce images of the breast. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties. Additional opportunities for specialization include computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). They may be called CT technologists or MRI technologists, depending on the equipment they work with.
The constant growth in the field has created new and exciting career opportunities in specialty areas. Graduates of the Radiologic Technology program qualify to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.
Radiographers use their knowledge of physics and human anatomy to create permanent medical images used by the physician in making a diagnosis. Radiographers use "high-tech" equipment to produce these images in a variety of settings inside and outside of the hospital.
Operating x-ray equipment
Calculating exposure factors
Practicing aseptic techniques
Developing exposed x-ray film
Maintaining patient records
Assisting physician with imaging
Preparing patients for examination
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Abbeville Area Medical Center
B-L Family Practice, P.A.
Carolina Bone & Joint Clinic
Carolina Health Centers
Edgefield County Hospital
Greenville Hospital System
Greenwood Genetic Center
Lakelands Orthopedic Clinic
Laurens County Health Care System
Lexington Medical Center
McCormick Correctional Institution
Mccormick Family Practice
Newberry County Memorial Hospital
Palmetto Bone & Joint P.A.
Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital
Providence Heart Center
Saluda Family Medicine
Self Regional Health Care
St. Francis Health System
Tower Pointe Medical Center
United Mobile Imaging
Ware Shoals Center for Family Medicine