Radiology technologists take the images for the radiologists to read. They sometimes are called "x-ray technicians," but this title is inaccurate. Technologists are certified and licensed and national and stage agencies require them to have continuing education. Prospective radiology technologists complete a two-year program that covers anatomy, physiology, pathology, physics, radiation safety, and nursing care. Many programs now include English and math, leading to an associate's degree in science.
Training also includes on-the-job hospital experience, where students develop their skills in the technical aspects of getting good images, as well as their person-to-person skills with patients. During this hospital training period, they spend time working with fully-qualified technologists.
After completing the training program, candidates must pass an extensive written exam given by American Registry of Radiographic Technologists (ARRT). Once they pass this test, they apply for state licensure.
Work hours for a radiology technologist can vary. In office practices, the hours are regular, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with no work on weekends and holidays, but in hospitals that provide around-the-clock service, hours can be long and irregular.