$33.98 to $50.64 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Medical radiation technology diploma
Medical radiation technologists perform a variety of radiological imaging techniques, including X-ray, fluoroscopy, CT scanning, interventional radiography, mammography and operating room studies. They produce quality images used in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients. Medical radiation technologists prepare patients for radiological examinations and explain the procedures to them, responding to patient needs as required. In addition, they assist the radiologist during some procedures.
Medical radiation technologists are responsible for ensuring that the images they produce are high-quality for the radiologist’s interpretation and are in accordance with physician requests. Medical radiation technologists are responsible for ensuring that the equipment is functioning and that the work areas are sanitized and well stocked with supplies.
Medical radiation technologists may provide leadership and work guidance to fellow diagnostic imaging staff, radiography students and other health care professionals.
Medical radiation technologists work at hospitals, health centers, clinics and other healthcare facilities. They work with a variety of other health care staff, including other technologists, therapists, physicians and nurses in order to provide patients with the best care. Although they often work alone with patients, a medical radiation technologist is part of an interprofessional team that includes inpatient staff, cancer care and allied health professionals.
Medical radiation technologists may work full-time or part-time hours or on a call-in (casual) basis. 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.
Medical radiation technologists are on their feet for most of their work day and help patients onto and off of procedure tables as needed. They may be required to bend, reach and lift patients and equipment during the course of their work. Medical radiation technologists can also be exposed to radiation and biohazardous materials while doing their jobs. At times, they may work in challenging or stressful circumstances, such as in an emergency situation.