Day in the Life
technologists and technicians spend a lot of time walking and standing.
Heavy lifting may be involved to move equipment or transfer patients.
These workers wear heavy protective aprons while conducting some
procedures. Those who work in catheterization laboratories may face
stressful working conditions because they are in close contact with
patients with serious heart ailments. For example, some patients may
encounter complications that have life-or-death implications.
technologists and technicians may have the potential for radiation
exposure, which is kept to a minimum by strict adherence to radiation
safety guidelines. In addition, those who use sonography can be at an
increased risk for musculoskeletal disorders such as carpel tunnel
syndrome, neck and back strain, and eye strain. However, greater use of
ergonomic equipment and an increasing awareness will continue to
minimize such risks.
technicians generally work a 5-day, 40-hour week that may include
weekends. Those in catheterization laboratories tend to work longer
hours and may work evenings. They also may be on call during the night
and on weekends.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.