Radiography involves the production of images of internal organs and structures by passing a small, highly controlled amount of radiation through the human body, and capturing the resulting image on an image recording device. When x-rays penetrate the body, they are absorbed in varying amounts by different parts of the anatomy. Bones, for example, will absorb much of the radiation and, therefore, appear white or light gray on the image, whereas soft tissue absorbs little radiation and appears dark.
Contrast agents are sometimes used to enhance certain organs and structures that otherwise are not visualized on a radiographic image. The exposed imaging plate is either placed in an automatic film processor or is digitally captured and stored on a computer.
The field of radiological technology also includes therapeutic procedures, often referred to as interventional radiology. Interventional Radiology is used in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease.
Radiological technology uses advanced computerized equipment to perform complex anatomical scans, many in real-time!
Educated in anatomy and physiology, patient positioning, equipment protocols, radiation safety and protection, and fundamental patient care skills, Radiological Technologists often specialize in a particular area of diagnostic imaging. They work in a variety of environments, including:
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