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What Is a Ct Technologist and How to Become One


What Does a CT Technologist Do?

CT, short for computed tomography, refers to the equipment used to scan a patient’s bones and tissue. The job of a CT technologist is to operate CT equipment and diagnose medical conditions. On a daily basis, a CT technologist conducts CT scans (or CAT scans) using a computed tomography machine, reviews images, runs diagnostics tests and identifies health complications. A CT technologist is also called a radiology technologist and is trained to operate x-ray machines and mammogram equipment.

How Do You Become a CT Technologist?

To enter the CT (computed tomography) field, you need a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology. Next, you must obtain a radiologic technology license for the state where you plan to work. After this, you may enroll in a CT technology certificate program. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is the most well-known certification institution.

What Is the CT Technologist Job Outlook?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that job opportunities for CT technologists will grow 12 percent between 2016 and 2026. This is a faster growth rate than the average for all occupations. CT technologists who hold multiple certifications in the radiology field will have the best job prospects.

What Kinds of Diagnostic Test Can a CT Technologist Do?

Computed tomography (CT) technologists are trained to conduct numerous diagnostic tests using medical imaging equipment. They perform CT scans (or CAT scans) which take images of patient’s organs and other internal tissue, x-rays, which take images of bones, and mammograms which capture images of breast tissue. Computed tomography technologists typically work very closely with oncologists and may operate radiology equipment.