Radiology Career Center

x-ray technicianX-ray technology plays a highly important role in the field of medical diagnostics. The job of an x-ray technologist, also called a radiographer, is to use highly specialized equipment to take x-ray photographs of a patient’s bone or tissue structure. These photographs massively aid doctors in making a diagnosis and treating the patient.

The x-ray has become one of the most well-known diagnostic tools ever since Wilhelm Röntgen, a physics professor, x-rayed his wife’s hand as an experiment in 1895 (see: How do X-Rays Work?). Today, x-ray technologists work in areas of radiology such as Computed/Computerized Tomography (CT scans) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), perfomring many different kinds of x-ray scans to provide even more specialized images. In fact, the US Labor Bureau predicts x-ray technology to be one of the fastest-growing professions in the next decade.

Explore the career links below to learn more about the professional aspects of x-ray technology.