What is Radiologic Technology?

Radiologic Technology (XR) is an allied health field which utilizes electromagnetic energy to produce x-ray images which the physician uses to diagnose disease processes in the human body or to rule out the existence of disease. The radiologic technologist or radiographer (RT(R) works under the direction of a radiologist, a medical physician. The course of study involves radiation production, the ability to position the body accurately, usage of radiation safety, communication with individuals under stress due to illness or injury and development of professional attitudes and ethics such as dependability and initiative. As a member of the medical team, the radiologic technologist requires education not only in using equipment and applying the specialized techniques of radiology, but also human anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, physics and disease conditions.