Who are you calling a technician?

I’ve been surfing the internet today reading other blogger’s posts and catching up on what the latest and greatest news is in the field of radiography.  I was excited to see that some fellow bloggers in the field of radiology were given some recognition on a top 50 list.  I clicked over to the “Top 50 Radiology and Sonography Technician Blogs”.  Now it may seem like a little thing, but there is a huge difference between a Technician and a Technologist.

I went to post in reply to this list and found that there was not a place to post, and further yet found that it was written to try and recruit people to sign up for a Radiology Technician School.  You could click to find a place to become a Radiology Technician, even a Radiologist.

I love this quote from x-rayschools.net

“It’s not as interesting a question as “X-Ray Technologist vs. X-Ray Technician: Who Would Win in a Steel Cage Death Match?”, but it’s important nonetheless to know that there is indeed a difference between the two titles, even though they’re often used interchangeably.”

The difference is that the Technologist has had formal education in the field of radiography.  Most Radiologic Technology courses when completed meet the requirements for an Associates Degree.  Also upon completion of the program they sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists board examination.( www.arrt.org )

I was shocked to see these bloggers giving thanks for making the list, and not one person making the correction that they themselves are actually Radiographers, or Radiological Technologists.  Especially after finding out the list was made for the purpose of advertising schools that would then produce Radiologic Technologists, not Technicians.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to correct everyone about this mistake it is a very common error.  I however think those that have completed their formal education and worked very hard to earn the right to be called Technologists should do so proudly.  For those Radiologic Technologists that have passed their ARRT registry be proud to have the initials RT(R) to show you are in fact a Registered Radiologic Technologist.

I feel that if you are going to post about a topic, you should do some research and find out a little about it.  A quick google search would let you know that you are posting about one thing and advertising another.

Congratulations to all of those Registered Radiologic Technologists out there for all your hard work and dedication to your field of expertise!

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11 Responses to “Who are you calling a technician?”

  1. Hi X-ray Chic,

    This was a great read. My nephew is attending CW Post and was accepted into the radiology progam so he could get an associates degree. I sell medical imaging systems and he tagged along with me doing site visits on systems i was buying and this is what got him interested in the field. Really like your blog and will continue reading.

    Ralph Scaglione

  2. Thanks for the reply! I hope your nephew finds the field of radiology as fascinating as I do. Have a great weekend! :)

  3. Iman says:

    A deep deep sincere thank you :)

    I am a 4th year(final) radiography student and just like you I find that it is a right every hard worker has earned …

    Just like you can’t call a nurse a doctor and the other way round .. technicians are different than technologists …

    I believe every technologist should insist on the fact that they have the right to be called with the right title … won’t hurt anybody

  4. Katie says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I’m in school right now to become a Radiology TECHNOLOGIST and I get so frustrated when people call it Technician. I’m not going to school, working my butt off to be called a Technician when I graduate!! :)

    Great post!

  5. Angelika says:

    When I went to x-ray school, my teacher told us: “do not let people call you a technician, because a technician knows WHICH button to push but a technologist knows WHY she is pushing it”. Now I am an x-ray school teacher and I will make sure to teach my students to be proud of their education and their credentials. :)

  6. Thank you for the post Angelika! It’s so important to be proud of your education. Please stop by and post if you have any fun, or interesting comments or questions from students. Enjoy your Winter break :)

  7. Katie,
    You are absolutely right! Keep working hard, you will be finished before you know it :)

  8. Iman,
    Thanks for your post! Congratulations on being in your final year. Please stop by and let me know if you have any further questions or comments :)

  9. Aaron says:

    X-Ray chic,

    I laughed very loud when I read this post. I work with a site about radiology education and careers and someone on our staff got ridiculed for this very thing! Please keep writing, as I enjoy reading your posts!

  10. John Smith says:

    i want to design a study addressing the question ” are radiographers capable of being practitioners for justifying x-ra requests’?? please give me some ideas on what stud design should be used etc?

  11. If you are still interested in doing a study please email me. I think it’s a great idea. You should include years, and content of educational background. Continuing education, years of service, and what radiologist consider to be the amount of education needed to determine what x-rays would be needed to done or requested for a patient.

    Good Luck!

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