What does a Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist do?

Computed Tomography Technologists use computerized tomography (CT) scanners to produce cross-section images of patients’ internal organs and tissues for the diagnosis of medical issues. A CT scan technologist must be able to accurately interpret a physician’s scanning instructions, administer contrast materials, prepare and operate the CT scan equipment, and position the patient to capture the appropriate images. Generally speaking, a CT technologist should be in good health because maneuvering equipment and patients who are disabled may pose physical challenges. CT scanners emit radiation, which can be harmful for the technologist and patient if proper safety procedures are not followed. CT scan technologists jobs are most often located in hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Labs
  • Outpatient centers

Education and Training

A CT technologist must complete an accredited educational program related to the radiology field and register with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Often, individuals with a general radiology background will seek additional education to enter into a career as a CT scan technologist. Many CT technologists begin their careers as a radiology technologist and undergo advanced training to become a CT scan technologist.

Salary Range

According to salary.com, the median salary for computed tomography technologists is $67,495 per year.

Professional Organization

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

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