$33.98 to $47.30 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Combined laboratory and x-ray technology (CLXT) diploma
Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists play a critically important role in the diagnosis, disease prevention and public health surveillance. They are responsible for collecting, preparing and analyzing patient samples, providing general patient care and taking blood. They conduct medical laboratory tests and administer electrocardiograms. They are also responsible for general radiography exams (X-ray). Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists are responsible to perform site specific manual and automated approved laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging exams and related duties, following established standards and practices defined by the ACCLXT (Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technicians), CPSA (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta) and HPA (Health Professions Act).
Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists use a variety of sophisticated instruments and equipment including microscopes, computers and various analyzers, and test kits to get medical results. They also use highly technical radiographic machines to produce high quality x-ray images for the Radiologist to interpret and that they are done in accordance with physician requests. They are responsible for ensuring equipment and instruments are working properly and troubleshooting as necessary. Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists ensure the accuracy of test results. They may also provide leadership and work guidance to fellow laboratory and x-ray staff and students.
Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists work in a variety of facilities, including rural hospitals, cancer care centres, x-ray clinics and community and public health labs. In the course of their work, they collaborate with a variety of other health care disciplines, such as other technologists and therapists, physicians and nurses to provide the best patient care. The ability to work well in a team environment is important. There is also the opportunity to work independently as staffing predicts.
Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists may work full-time, part-time or casual and are often expected to be on-call for after hours service and emergencies. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on department and facility needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening, night and weekend shifts, as well as on-call duty.
Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists often sit or stand for long periods of time, such as when they are testing specimens. Their work often requires prolonged visual focus and attention and the ability to perform repetitive motions. They can be required to walk, bend, reach and move equipment during the course of their work.
The work of combined laboratory and x-ray technologists can also expose them to radiation, strong chemicals, biological hazards, infectious diseases and the potential for needle stick injuries. To avoid infection, harm and ensure the safety of patients and co-workers, combined laboratory and x-ray technologists practice safe work procedures. At times, they may work in challenging and stressful circumstances, including critical emergency situations.