Radiology and imaging technician - Salary and Career
Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Radiology and imaging technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform diagnostic or treatment exams, process images and/or graphics, plan care, organize the work area, equipment and accessories, operate equipment, prepare patients for diagnostic or treatment exams, act in the orientation of patients, family members and caregivers and work with biosecurity.

How much does an Radiology and imaging technician earn

A Radiology and imaging technician earns between $1.707 and $4.405 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.332 and a median salary of $2.129 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 14.096 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Radiology and imaging technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.332 27.978 583 17
1º Quartile 1.707 20.487 427 13
Median Salary 2.129 25.543 532 16
3º Quartile 3.359 40.311 840 25
Higher Salary 4.405 52.857 1.101 32

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

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Main workplaces

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods they perform their duties in medical, dental and ophthalmic clinics, outpatient clinics, hospitals and specialized laboratories. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, but some can work as self-employed. They work in a team, supervised by doctors, permanently and/or occasionally. They work in shifts, indoors and most subject to radiation and toxic material.

What does it take to work in the field of Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

The exercise of these occupations requires higher education in technology in the operation of medical, dental and ophthalmic equipment and high school technical training, except for the spirometry technician, whose requirement is high school, plus a specific course, offered by professional training institutions, technical schools and training institutions in higher technology courses. Professional experience is not required for the technological level for the technical level, it occurs after experience of less than one year in the area, noting that for the spirometry technician, the full performance of the activities occurs after the performance and analysis of at least 200 exams. Professional apprenticeship may be required for Positions listed in this occupational family.

Functions and activities of Radiology and imaging technician

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods must:

  • organize workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment examinations;
  • communicate;
  • planejar service;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • care plan;
  • guide patient;
  • planar attendance;
  • advise patient;
  • orient patient;
  • planning service;
  • plan care;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • planned attendance;
  • advise the patient;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • plan attendance;
  • arrange workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • guide the patient;
  • prepare patient for diagnostic examination;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment exams;
  • planning attendance;
  • planner attendance;
  • work with biosafety;
  • working with biosafety;
  • organize work area, equipment and accessories;
  • work with biosafety;

  • Activities

    • provide additional patient preparations;
    • administer contrast agents and/or medications under medical supervision;
    • evaluate extrinsic ocular motility;
    • manage human, financial and material resources;
    • confirm patient identity;
    • handle contrast media;
    • packaging sharp materials for disposal;
    • request equipment maintenance;
    • check the anatomical area demarcated for examination and/or treatment;
    • isolate workspace for examination;
    • analyze exam request and/or patient record;
    • identify exam;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • develop new technologies;
    • give lectures and courses;
    • select material for exam;
    • monitor the team's dosimetric report;
    • offering protection resources to other professionals and companions present;
    • demonstrate understanding for the patient;
    • elaborate graphics devices;
    • get patient information;
    • process film in the darkroom;
    • edit images;
    • clear doubts;
    • administer pharmacological and/or radioactive substances;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • adapt agenda for priority patient care;
    • work as a team;
    • immobilize the patient;
    • making molds and models;
    • demonstrate analytical reasoning ability;
    • wearing;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • measure functions of the visual apparatus;
    • monitor the exam's image record;
    • use dosimeter (measurement of radiation received);
    • assist in radiotherapy treatment planning;
    • schedule preventive maintenance of equipment;
    • train the patient in the handling of optical and non-optical resources;
    • assist the patient to put on and take off the equipment;
    • perform breast support;
    • determine the removal of persons not involved in the exam;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • check understanding of orientation;
    • monitor the patient through equipment;
    • transmit security;
    • measure the patient's height and weight;
    • request the presence of other professionals involved in the exam;
    • demonstrate understanding towards the patient;
    • provide advice;
    • record performed exams;
    • apply administrative procedures;
    • install equipment;
    • check availability of exam material;
    • advise the patient about care after the exam;
    • package radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • perform a radiometric survey;
    • remove mobile prostheses and patient adornments;
    • demonstrate focused attention;
    • stimulate the patient to reach the acceptance and reproducibility criteria (guidelines from sbpt);
    • containing radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • delimit the field to be irradiated;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • develop programs to promote and prevent eye health;
    • providing cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • analyze processed image rejects;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient record;
    • adjust the patient's position to the exam;
    • monitor the tracing record (graphic) of the exam;
    • submit the examination to medical examination;
    • order the sequence of exams;
    • discuss the case with the work team;
    • demonstrate proactivity;
    • monitor radioactive waste for disposal;
    • provide additional patient preparation;
    • demonstrate proactiveness;
    • advise the patient in the care of contact lenses;
    • supervise technical staff;
    • work under pressure;
    • describe the patient's conditions and reactions during the examination;
    • move portable equipment;
    • interview patient;
    • elaborate tables of exposure to radiographic technique;
    • operate equipment;
    • check technical conditions of equipment and accessories;
    • advise the patient about the procedures before and after eye surgery;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • interact with entities and other professionals;
    • monitor the patient's reactions to contrasts and/or medications;
    • adjust equipment;
    • assemble emergency medicine cart;
    • document exams;
    • place electrodes on patient;
    • participate in area events;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • eliminate interference from other devices;
    • adjust equipment and accessories to the patient and the type of exam and/ or treatment;
    • prepare the operating table;
    • log data;
    • organize work team;
    • handle radioactive substances;
    • check availability of radiation protection devices;
    • remove patient from the equipment;
    • perform searches;
    • analyze graphic records;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • educate patient on exam preparation;
    • patient scheduling plan;
    • report;
    • analyze technical quality of exams;
    • demonstrate procedures and techniques;
    • isolate workspace for exam;
    • demonstrate leadership ability;
    • check equipment;
    • demonstrate organization;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient's chart;
    • instrument eye surgery;
    • distribute tasks;
    • replace expired medicines and materials;
    • organizing work team;
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • applying administrative procedures;
    • adapt technical protocols to the exam;
    • initialize equipment;
    • check physical and psychological conditions and patient preparation;
    • explain procedures and routines;
    • implement actions to promote and prevent eye health;
    • manipulate digital images;
    • perform preventive and corrective maintenance of ophthalmic equipment;
    • perform preselection of the best accepted graphic;
    • provide cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • empower technical staff;
    • submit to periodic examinations;
    • remove movable prostheses and patient adornments;
    • advise the patient and/or companion and assistants on the procedures during the exam;
    • complementary examination;
    • collect material from the ocular surface;
    • minimize the time of exposure to radiation;
    • request material replacement;
    • initialize image acquisition, processing, distribution and storage systems ;
    • put protective devices on the patient;
    • make exam results available;
    • demonstrate verbal communication skills;
    • educate technical staff;
    • perform manual or computerized cephalometric tracing;
    • advise patient about care after the exam;
    • sanitize the patient;
    • demonstrate negotiation skills;
    • instruct patient on exam preparation;
    • organize darkroom and lightroom;
    • monitor the patient's behavioral reactions;
    • delimit the image acquisition area;

    Sectors that hire Radiology and imaging technician the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • diagnostic imaging services using ionizing radiation
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • tomography services
    • health management support activities
    • complementary diagnostic and therapeutic services activities
    • temporary labor lease
    • clinical laboratories
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights

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