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Radiography

Technical Standards

These standards are capabilities associated with the successful practice of radiography. Under no circumstances are they considered conditions for admission to the Radiography Program.

In order to perform the tasks required of radiographers, certain physical capabilities are required. Students must demonstrate the ability to perform required functions as a routine part of either classroom, laboratory or clinical education. Students should be aware that successful completion of the Radiography Program will depend upon the ability to meet the following technical standards:

  1. A reasonable amount of strength and mobility are required for the following reasons:
    1. Radiographers must be able to lift, move or push heavy equipment, specifically cassettes, mobile x-ray equipment, stretchers and/or wheelchairs with patients in them.
    2. Radiographers must be able to help in lifting patients who may be paralyzed, comatose or otherwise incapacitated, from stretchers or wheelchairs to x-ray tables and back.
    3. Radiographers must be able to provide physical assistance and care for patients in a timely manner in all circumstances.
    4. Radiographers must be able to reach overhead in order to manipulate an x-ray tube that hangs from the ceiling.
  2. Manual dexterity, good motor skills and eye-hand coordination are necessary in order to:
    1. Manipulate locks on equipment
      Don surgical gloves
    2. Fill syringes
    3. Align patient, film and x-ray tube
  3. Sensory function in at least one upper limb is necessary in order to palpate bony prominences.
  4. The ability to hear faint or muffled sounds is necessary in order to:
    1. Respond to patient needs since operator control areas are separated from the x-ray tube and table where patients are placed.
    2. Monitor equipment operation or dysfunction which may be indicated by low-sounding bells or buzzers.
    3. Function when the use of surgical masks are required for protection of the patient or hospital personnel.
    4. Respond to pages from the hospital public address system.
  5. Visual acuity (the ability to see fine lines) and intensity discrimination (the ability to distinguish gradual changes in blacks, grays and whites) are necessary in order to evaluate radiographs for technical quality.
  6. The ability to communicate orally and in writing is a requirement for radiographers in order to:
    1. Ascertain and record patient histories.
    2. Explain and complete patient consent forms.
    3. Provide clear and audible directions to patients face-to-face and from the radiography control area, which may be 15 feet away from the patient.

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