Radiological technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Prepare radiopharmaceuticals, such as radionuclides and other materials and administer them to patients or to biological samples
B. Operate radiation detection equipment, such as gamma cameras, scanners, scintillation counters, tomodensitometers and ionization chambers, to acquire data for use by nuclear medicine physicians in the diagnosis of disease
C. Perform diagnostic procedures using radioactive materials on biological specimens, such as blood, urine and faeces
D. Record and process results of procedures
E. Check equipment to ensure proper operation
F. Provide appropriate care for the patient during the examination
G. Apply radiation protection measures
1. To be a medical radiation technologist, you need a baccalaureate or two- to three-year college, hospital, school or other approved program in your area of specialization.
2. You may specialize in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine technology or radiation therapy.
3. You also need a period of supervised practical training.
4. You may need a licence in the province/territory where you'll work.
5. You must be certified by the national association Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists in all provinces except Quebec, where most technologists are certified by the Ordre des technologues en radiologie du Québec.
6. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor or instructor.
3. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Medical Radiation Technologists is $24.12/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.