Radiology aides, or Radiology Support Aides assist radiology technologists in obtaining diagnostic images. They assist with the nontechnical, non-medical aspects of patient care.
Radiology aides need to know about patient care, radiation safety, and radiograph handling procedures.
Radiology aides duties in the radiology department:
-Prepares X-ray Room prior to exam, stock rooms with supplies
-Greet patients and their family members.
-Escort patients to dressing rooms and instruct them in how to prepare for their examination
-Help transfer patients onto the exam table, and assists technologist in positioning the patient for imaging
-Provides backup to darkroom attendant and front desk receptionist
-Maintains cleanliness of work environment including equipment.
-Process paperwork and assist with clerical responsibilities
-Develops films to ensure maintenance of patient flow
Radiology Aides Education:
-High school graduate, medical assistant
-American Heart Association BLS certification
Radiology Aides Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
-Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to patients of all age groups (neonatal through geriatric).
-Knowledge of proper body mechanics, safety measures and infection control.
-Ability to follow instructions
Radiology Aide Salaries:
The average Radiology Aide earns about $23,500. Salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits.
Radiology aides enhance patient care and improve department productivity when they receive adequate training and are properly supervised for the services they provide.