Examines and diagnoses disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Obtains patients' histories from electronic records, patient interviews, dictated reports, or by communicating with referring clinicians.
- Prepares comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
- Performs or interprets the outcomes of diagnostic imaging procedures including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology treadmill studies, mammography, or ultrasound.
- Reviews or transmits images and information using picture archiving or communications systems.
- Communicates examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.
- Evaluates medical information to determine patients' risk factors, such as allergies to contrast agents, or to make decisions regarding the appropriateness of procedures.
- Provides counseling to radiologic patients to explain the processes, risks, benefits, or alternative treatments.
- Instructs radiologic staff in desired techniques, positions, or projections.
- Confers with medical professionals regarding image-based diagnoses.
- Coordinates radiological services with other medical activities.
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