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Overview:

This unit group includes technologists who operate radiographic and radiation therapy equipment to administer radiation treatment and produce images of body structures for the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease. They are employed in hospitals, cancer treatment centres, clinics and radiological laboratories. Medical radiation technologists who are supervisors or instructors are included in this unit group.

Tasks:

Radiological technologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate X-ray, radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, computerized tomography (CT) scanners, mammography units and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to produce radiographs or anatomic images of the human body for the diagnosis by radiologists of disease or injury.
  • Record and process patient data.
  • Perform basic verification and quality control checks on radiographic and film processing equipment.
  • Provide appropriate care for the patient during the radiographic examination.
  • Apply radiation protection measures.
  • May train and supervise student radiographers or supervise other radiological technologists.

Job Titles:

  • X-ray (radiology) technician
  • Clinical instructor radiation therapy
  • Mammography technician
  • Nuclear medicine clinical instructor
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Radiation oncology technologist
  • Radiation therapist
  • Radiation therapy technologist (RTT)
  • Radiography technologist
  • Radiological technologist
  • Radiotherapy technician
  • Supervisor
  • Nuclear medicine technologists

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Completion of a two- to three-year college, hospital or other approved program in diagnostic radiography (for radiological technologists), nuclear medicine technology (for nuclear medicine technologists) or radiation therapy (for radiation therapists)
    or
    A bachelor of health sciences in radiography, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy
    and
    A period of supervised practical training are required.
  • Licensure with a regulatory body is required in all provinces.
  • Certification by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists is required in all provinces except Quebec.
  • Experience as a medical radiation technologist is required for supervisors and instructors.

Vacancies:

Ontario and Saskatchewan are the places for opportunities in this profession.

Pay Scale:

The wages range from $22.00/hr. to $39.00/hr. as per the location.