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Sanford Radiography Program

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Cindy Hanson
Program Director
Radiography Program
Sanford Medical Center
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

(701) 323-5470

cindy.hanson@sanfordhealth.org

Career in radiologic technology

The radiographer is a person who is part of the medical team whose concern is for the patient’s welfare in diagnosis and prevention of disease. The physician will order the necessary X-ray exam. A radiographer is a trained professional who places patients in specific positions and uses ionizing radiation to obtain diagnostic images for the radiologist. These radiographs aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients by their physicians in order to better their health.

The increased application of radiology in medicine and industry has prompted the use of specialized personnel to ensure quality radiographs. A radiologic technologist may be employed in one or more of the following: diagnostic radiology,
computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, radiation therapy, education or management. Radiologic technologists may also be employed as technical advisors and/or representatives for radiologic equipment and supplies.

Radiographer's duties

The radiographer's duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Prepares equipment and supplies for various procedures using ionizing radiation
  • Accurately positions patients for radiographic imaging
  • Safely operates complex imaging equipment
  • Cares for patients' physical and emotional needs
  • Recognizes emergency patient conditions and takes appropriate action involving life-saving measures
  • Uses proper radiation protection in order to minimize exposure to patient, self, and others
  • Processes, evaluates, and reviews radiographs to determine diagnostic quality
  • Assists radiologists and other physicians in the performance of medical imaging procedures
  • Provides patient/public education regarding radiologic procedures and ionizing radiation

Qualifications

  • Graduate of an accredited radiography program or equivalent
  • Certification by the ARRT in radiography, or equivalent
  • Possess valid state credential, if applicable

For more information

For more information regarding the field of radiologic technology, visit:
American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

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