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Medical radiation technologists use x-ray and other imaging equipment to take images of people's injuries and possible diseases.
Medical Radiation Technologist

Medical radiation technologists use x-ray and other imaging equipment to take images of people's injuries and possible diseases. There are several different specialty areas that medical radiation technologists can work in, such as mammograms. Because they work with people facing various serious illnesses, such as cancer, a great deal of discretion and understanding is required. They work with patients, nurses, oncologists, doctors, surgeons, radiation therapists and other specialists. Usually, they work indoors in a hospital or laboratory.

Because of the nature of their work, they need to be very careful to follow health and safety procedures, both for themselves and the patients they work with. They use specialised equipment to complete their tasks and are skilled in working with their hands, as well as communicating with doctors and patients. Working with radiation requires the ability to follow instructions exactly and to listen carefully. Medical radiation technologists may progress to become teachers or supervise others.  Sometimes the tests they run are invasive, so they need to be good at putting their patients at ease.