Occ. Code 6212200
RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST, GRADE 9
SENIOR RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST, GRADE 12
New York State Department of Civil Service
NATURE OF WORK
Radiologic Technologists operate equipment generating penetrating radiant energy in performing radiological examinations of patients in order to provide physicians with data used in diagnosis or treatment. They also operate equipment and instruments producing radiation including instruments utilizing radioisotopes in order to administer radiation therapy treatments to patients under a physician's prescription and direction. Radiologic Technologists are classified at State health care facilities.
CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA AND DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
Radiologic Technologists are distinguished by assignments calling for direct physical contact with patients in the performance of radiological examinations and the administration of radiotherapy treatments at the prescription and direction of radiologists, roentgenologists and other physicians. Radiologic Technologists operate x-ray and fluorographic equipment in the performance of a full range of observational and diagnostic tests. Incumbents of therapeutic positions operate radiological equipment and instruments in the administration of radiotherapy treatments.
The prime factor distinguishing the general technologist from the therapy technologist is that the former performs tasks concerned with diagnostic radiology and the latter performs therapeutic radiology tasks. The New York State Department of Health Rules and Regulations require that incumbents performing specific radiotherapy tasks be licensed in radiotherapy technology and those performing general observational and diagnostic tasks be licensed in general radiotechnology. Inasmuch as it is common for technologists to be licensed to perform tasks in both of these areas, mixed positions are classified according to the preponderant activity.
X-Ray Aides develop, trim and maintain files of x-ray films typically in x-ray and radiology departments handling large volumes of patients.
Senior Radiologic Technologists are typically assigned to provide technical and administrative supervision for two or more subordinate Radiologic Technologists on a specific shift or in a specific functional area. Non-supervisory diagnostic positions are not usually classified at the senior level since licensed Radiologic Technologists are qualified and may be expected to perform a full range of technical duties after reasonable periods of orientation. However, a relatively few such positions are properly classified as Senior Radiologic Technologist to carry out such special procedures as angiography, myelography and pneumoencephalography.
TYPICAL ACTIVITIES, TASKS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Radiologic Technologists conduct a variety of radiological examinations and observations of patients under the prescription and sometimes personal direction of a radiologist, roentgenologist or other physician in order to assist them in developing clinical information.
§ Reads and interprets requests and instructions of physicians concerning radiological examination procedures in order to determine what procedures are to be undertaken.
§ Greets patients, explains procedures to patients and seeks to reassure anxious and distressed patients.
§ Positions and places patients before and during examinations in order to obtain the required radiologic views.
§ Operates radiologic equipment by setting controls and making required adjustments using guidelines and standard procedures and as directed by physicians in order to control exposure time, kilovoltage, milliamperage, appropriate filters and portals.
§ Positions appropriate shields and protective devices on patients and explains their use to assure that patients are protected from undue radiological exposure.
§ May connect additional pieces of equipment to a basic setup including image intensifiers, rapid cassette changes and automatic syringes.
Administers a variety of radiotherapy treatments to patients under the prescription and at times personal direction of a physician.
§ May operate a full range of radiotherapy equipment including subvoltage and megavoltage equipment and equipment utilizing ionizing isotopes.
§ Manipulates equipment and controls in order to focus x-rays over the proper area of treatment utilizing single and multiple portal, crossfire, rotation and other standard procedures.
§ Observes patients and discusses with patients their reaction to therapy in order to detect overt signs of radiation sickness.
§ Observes equipment during its operation to detect any malfunction.
Sets up and operates automotive developing equipment including the mixing of solutions and the cleaning of equipment in order to develop exposed films.
§ May instruct Radiotherapy students in proper techniques and setup procedures.
Compiles a variety of records of examinations conducted and treatments administered, accurately records all basic identifying information in order to document diagnostic and therapeutic activities.
In addition to the above, Senior level technologists also perform one or more of the following:
Supervises a group of technologists in therapeutic and/or diagnostic programs.
§ Advises technologists in procedures and use of equipment in coping with unusual situations.
§ Trains technologists in facility procedures, use of new equipment and new technology.
§ Schedules the assignments, leave time, on call rosters, etc. to insure that necessary services are provided in the most efficient manner.
Performs diagnostic tasks similar to those noted above in carrying out special procedures such as angiography, myelography and pneumoencephalography which place the patient in higher risk situations.
Plans alternative therapy treatment plans in carrying out the determinations made by a radiotherapist.
§ Discusses treatment of patient with a radiotherapist in order to completely understand the nature and extent of treatment required.
§ Suggests alternative plans, methods and techniques, including special equipment that might best carry out the prescribed treatment.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Radiologic Technologists are distinguished by their direct contacts with patients in which they explain procedures being performed and strive to reassure patients who may be anxious or distressed. These employees also regularly discuss treatment and examination procedures with physicians in order to report observations and receive instructions.
NATURE OF SUPERVISION
Radiologic Technologists and Senior Radiologic Technologists receive specific and direct supervision from physicians in performing unusual techniques and in handling problem cases. Radiologic Technologists receive general technical and administrative supervision from either a Senior or a Principal Radiologic Technologist or other technician including orientation to the facility and equipment, advice on procedures and spot-checks of overall performance to determine effectiveness. These positions normally work with relative independence in conducting standing examination and treatment procedures.
§ Good knowledge of human skeletal anatomy.
§ Good knowledge of standard techniques of radiologic examination and treatment.
§ Good knowledge of specific safety precautions which must be observed in conducting radiological examinations and administering treatments.
§ Working knowledge of anatomical nomenclature.
§ Working knowledge of symptoms of radiation sickness.
§ Ability to relate to patients including those who may be anxious or distressed.
§ Ability to relate to physicians in reporting information concerning examinations and treatments and in following precise authoritative commands.
§ Ability to handle, manipulate, and operate radiologic equipment.
§ Ability to accurately record information concerning treatments and examinations.
License to practice as a General Radiologic Technologist in New York State.
SENIOR RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST
One year as a Radiologic Technologist.
NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.