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Q&A - Training in X Ray Technology

Are there any professional organizations that provide information about x ray tech training?

You should begin your research by checking out the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). ARRT is the world’s largest credentialing organization for professionals in medical imaging, interventional procedures and radiation therapy. Their website provides information on what it means to be certified, x ray tech training requirements and the certification examination.

You can also look for radiology training programs with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). This organization is the only agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation that accredits traditional and online radiology education programs. On the website, you will find information on why accreditation is important, what they look for when accrediting radiology courses and tools for finding an accredited radiology training program near you.

In addition, your state may have its own certification requirements. For example, in New Jersey you need a license from the state’s Department of Environment Protection to perform any nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or x ray procedures.

How can I network with professionals who have training in x ray technology?

There are many organizations that help those with radiology training network with each other. For example, there is the social networking website RadRounds, which helps connect radiology and medical imaging professionals throughout the nation. The site has over 10,000 members and provides information on hundreds of conferences and continuing medical education events. These forums will help you meet other professionals and keep up with your x ray tech training requirements.

You can also look on professional networking sites like LinkedIn to connect with other x ray technologists. LinkedIn is a great option because it offers a clean and polished interface that encourages discussion with others through private messages and public forums that are moderated to ensure productive conversation. You will even be updated through e-mail when new comments are made available.

A quick search on LinkedIn for radiology shows dozens of groups with thousands of members, so you will definitely be able to connect with many people.

What supplies or tools do I need for my training in x ray technology?

During your radiology training program, you will need to purchase many supplies. Some of these are common items required for any professional training, such as pens, pencils, notebooks and, of course, a coffee mug for those inevitable late nights studying and early mornings for clinical work. You will also need to purchase scrubs to wear at the hospital, and some programs will have a strict dress code concerning color, clothing size, footwear and more.

During an online radiology certificate or degree program, you will need access to a computer with high-speed Internet so you can stream lectures and download software and coursework. Also, you will most likely need to purchase textbooks and other reading materials. If your school does not have a brick-and-mortar bookstore, you can always look online on sites like Amazon.com or Half.com for discounted prices. Websites like Chegg.com even offer you the opportunity to rent your books for a much lower price.

Can you recommend any books to read during my training in x ray technology?

During your x ray technician training you will want to learn as much as you can before you finish your program. Here are some books that will help you prepare for your career.

The growing Spanish-speaking population in the U.S. means that during your career you will inevitably encounter individuals who only speak Spanish. Communicating with patients is crucial during imaging processes. Thus, An Introduction to Spanish for Health Care Workers: Communication and Culture is a great resource for individuals with little or no formal background in Spanish, and it is catered specifically to the healthcare industry.

You should also read Merrill’s Atlas of Radiographic Positioning and Procedures. This volume set contains over 400 projections, helping you learn the best practices for positioning patients during scans that produce the best information for an accurate diagnosis.

There is also Merrill’s Pocket Guide to Radiography, with 170 of the most frequently used projections that will be helpful during both your x ray technician training and your career.