d. Assembling Radiographs for Reading. The noncommissioned officer
(NCO) will evaluate film quality and ensure that all films assembled for any examination
are properly filed and available for interpretation by the radiologist.
e. Performing Special Exams. At skill level 1, the x-ray technologist merely
assists with the exams listed below. At skill level 2, you will be performing these duties
independently. You might be the only one on duty in the middle of the night. Therefore,
you must be able to perform the following exams:
Foreign body localizations.
Prenatal X-ray exams.
Pediatric X-ray exams.
f. Performing Follow-up on Radiographic Exams. Follow-up radiographic
exams will occur mainly in the area of fluoroscopy. The radiologist will ask you to hand
him or her the overheads for review. To do this efficiently, you must be able to
communicate with your patient and radiologist, perform the follow-up films required, and
assemble the films. In the case of a barium enema, the physician will perform the
fluoroscopy and take spot films during the procedure. He or she will then depart,
leaving you to convince the patient to retain the barium for the additional pictures. You
may also have to provide follow-up radiographs in any of the areas listed below:
g. Taking Radiographs on Portable Equipment. You will have to take x-rays
of the extremities, trunk, and skull using portable equipment. This entails taking the
machine to various locations, such as the operating room (OR), hospital wards, such as
the intensive care unit and/or the emergency room. (Though, strictly speaking, this is a
skill level 2 duty, but you may on occasion, have to perform this task as early as skill
level 1 and even during on-the-job training.)
h. Assisting with Special Radiographic and Fluoroscopic Procedures.
You, as an NCO, play an important part in assisting the radiologist in such exams as:
angiography, venography, arthrography, etc.