Radiology Technician Canada

Radiological techs are healthcare professionals who for the most part take X-rays and administer nonradioactive materials to patients for diagnostic reasons. (Not to be confused with nuclear medicine technologists, although the fields are somewhat related in terms of diagnostics.) Some radiological technicians specialize in certain diagnostic imaging technologies, such as computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.

Medical Radiation Technologist In Canada

Medical Radiation Technologists

This unit group includes technologists who operate radiographic and radiation therapy equipment to administer radiation treatment and produce images of body structures for the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease. They are employed in hospitals, cancer treatment centres, clinics and radiological laboratories. Medical radiation technologists who are supervisors or instructors are included in this unit group.

 

Radiological technologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate X-ray, radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, computerized tomography (CT) scanners, mammography units and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to produce radiographs or anatomic images of the human body for the diagnosis by radiologists of disease or injury
  • Record and process patient data
  • Perform basic verification and quality control checks on radiographic and film processing equipment
  • Provide appropriate care for the patient during the radiographic examination
  • Apply radiation protection measures
  • May train and supervise student radiographers or supervise other radiological technologists.
  • Radiological technologists may specialize in areas such as computerized tomography, angiography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, interventional radiology, dosimetry, stereotaxy or brachytherapy

Specializations Include

  • X-ray (radiology) technician
  • clinical instructor, radiation therapy
  • mammography technician
  • nuclear medicine clinical instructor
  • nuclear medicine technologist
  • radiation oncology technologist
  • radiation therapist
  • radiation therapy technologist (RTT)
  • radiography technologist
  • radiological technologist
  • radiotherapy technician
  • supervisor, nuclear medicine technologists
  • Operate X-ray, radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, computerized tomography (CT) scanners, mammography units and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to produce radiographs or anatomic images of the human body for the diagnosis by radiologists of disease or injury
  • Record and process patient data
  • Perform basic verification and quality control checks on radiographic and film processing equipment
  • Provide appropriate care for the patient during the radiographic examination
  • Apply radiation protection measures
  • May train and supervise student radiographers or supervise other radiological technologists.
  • Radiological technologists may specialize in areas such as computerized tomography, angiography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, interventional radiology, dosimetry, stereotaxy or brachytherapy.

When you enroll in the Radiological Technology program, you will study a wide range of subjects, including general radiography (x-ray imaging of the chest, abdomen and skeleton), radiographic and fluoroscopic imaging of the body systems (an imaging procedure that allows live “real-time” x-ray viewing of the patient), and computed tomography (x-rays that produce cross-sectional images of the body). Most courses incorporate hands-on learning – so you get to practice and learn the skills necessary for your future career. Aside from profession specific skills and knowledge, you will also learn about the Canadian health care system, the importance of interprofessional health care delivery, and how to provide your patients optimal care; many of these courses are taught in a collaborative environment, allowing you to learn from, about, and with other health care professional students.