What is a Radiological Technologist ?
A Radiological Technologist is a member of health care professionals who utilizes ionizing radiation (x-rays) to take images of the human body. There are a wide variety of procedures that they perform. The include studies of the gastrointestinal system using a contrast material called barium. They can image the body using a computerized scanner (also known as a CAT scan). They can image breast tissue with the use of special mammography units. They perform special procedures in our vascular labs which involve imaging many of the great vessels in the body.
Radiological technologists are usually one of the first departments called on after an accident. Medical radiation technologists must enjoy working with people and be very adaptable to different situations as some of your patients will be outpatients and some will be inpatients of all ages. You must be accurate in obtaining the images needed by the Radiologists in order to make a diagnosis.
In Nova Scotia you must receive a 4 year degree in Health Sciences to become a Radiological Technologist.