If you’ve ever considered a career in medicine, you’ve probably looked at all the options. But have you ever considered radiography? Millions of people need x-rays, and CT scans daily to determine what is wrong with them so they can get the surgery they need.
It may seem like a simple procedure, but operating a CT scanner can be a complicated and require technical and scientific expertise. Luckily the computed tomography certification will help ensure that you gain the skill set needed to pursue this well-paying career.
The average pay is around $42,034 to $74,840.
Here are CT registry requirements.
What Is CT?
Computed tomography is more detailed than an x-ray. Rather than relying on an x-ray image, a CT scan takes multiple images from different angles to provide a much more detailed picture of the body.
They are used to diagnose conditions in the body and to locate smaller objects in the body that might not be picked up an x-ray such as kidney stones or tumors.
The patient lies flat on their back and is slowly pushed through the archway of the machine as if they are in a tunnel. Each scan takes around 10-20 minutes, depending on the exam ordered.
What Do You Need to Pass a Computed Tomography Certification?
A CT certification is a post-primary certification. This means to take the exam; you must have first completed:
- An associate or higher degree
- A primary course in radiology as approved by the ARRT® (The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists®)
One of the requirements for qualifying as a registered CT radiographer is completing clinical experience. To achieve this, the student must perform 125 procedures on a CT scanner, fully documented.
Choosing Your Procedures
Fifty-nine different procedures are listed, and candidates must perform 25 of them as part of their total of 125. You must document all 25 procedures between 3 or 5 times.
You cannot perform any procedure more than once on a patient; the patients must all be different. This is even if the patient needs scans in multiple parts of their body in the same session.
Of the 59 different procedures, there are six different types, A, B, C, D, E and F. These are: head, spine and musculoskeletal, neck and chest, abdomen and pelvis, additional procedures, image display, and post-processing and finally quality assurance.
What You Need to Show
For each one of the procedures, you need to be able to document and prove that you can do the following:
- Evaluate medical records
- Prepare the room for the examination of the patient
- Correctly identify the patient
- Assess that the patient understands the procedure
- Ensure you have the patient’s correct medical history
- Prepare contrast media
- Position the patient on the CT machine correctly
- Effectively carry out protocol position and parameter selection
- Carry out the scan effectively
- Display a good quality image correctly and archive it
- Document the procedure according to the guidelines of the hospital patient medical records
- Discharge the patient, ensuring he or she understands post-procedure guidelines, if applicable
- Carry out appropriate safety procedures in regard to radiation
As well as undertaking clinical experience and documenting the results, candidates for the post-primary CT certification must take a structured learning course as part of the CT certification requirements.
The technologist must complete the 16 hour requirement which includes patient care, image production, and radiation safety.
Put in the Work for a Computed Tomography Certification
There can be no denying that there is a lot of work that goes into a computed tomography certification.
The requirements to get the certification are high. The course requires an associate or higher degree. This requires lots of self-discipline and the ability to listen and respond to feedback.
But if you are sure that you want to become a radiologic technologist specializing in CT, then it will all be worth in the end. There is nothing more fulfilling in life than knowing you have helped a patient on their road to diagnosis or recovery. You could save someone’s life.
After you become a CT technologist, be sure to check out out our low-cost radiology continuing education courses that we offer. Just click here for more information.