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CT Technologist

Perform different duties related to CT scans.

What does a CT Technologist do?

As a computed tomography technologist, also known as a CT technologist or a CT technician, you use CT medical equipment to produce images of the internal organs, bones, and tissues of a patient. You prepare the patient by explaining the procedure and answering questions. CT technologists position the patient correctly and administer oral or intravenous sedatives before the scan. After operating the CT machine and taking the scan, you assist the doctor in interpreting the images. Your other duties include keeping records of the scans and maintaining the equipment. Since you work with radiation, you must ensure that all safety precautions are followed. A CT technologist uses shielding devices and protective gear and monitors exposure to radiation.

Most CT technologists have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology. You must also be certified and have a valid license, for which you need training. It is also necessary to pass an examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Technical skills, knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and interpersonal skills are required.