in the Life
is important in this occupation because technologists are on their feet
for long periods and may lift or turn disabled patients. Technologists
work at diagnostic machines but also may perform some procedures at
patients' bedsides. Some travel to patients in large vans equipped with
sophisticated diagnostic equipment.
Although radiation hazards
exist in this occupation, they are minimized by the use of lead aprons,
gloves, and other shielding devices, as well as by instruments
monitoring exposure to radiation. Technologists wear badges measuring
radiation levels in the radiation area, and detailed records are kept on
their cumulative lifetime dose.
radiologic technologists work about 40 hours a week. They may, however,
have evening, weekend, or on-call hours. Opportunities for part-time and
shift work also are available.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.