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Technical Performance Standards
In order to perform satisfactorily as a radiography student and ultimately as a registered radiographer, an applicant to any radiography program must possess certain physical capabilities. A radiography student must be able to:
- Walk, stand, bend, squat, move about in congested areas, stand and walk for long periods of time without a break, lift / move 25 pounds.
- Demonstrate good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, tactile sensitivity, normal or corrected vision and hearing.
- Read and comprehend English textbooks written at the college level.
- Listen, follow directions and perform with both speed and accuracy.
A radiography student will be expected to learn and then perform the following tasks:
- Move, transport, lift and/or transfer patients from a patient bed, cart, wheelchair and/or x ray table.
- Move, adjust and manipulate a variety of x ray equipment (to include mobile equipment).
- Physically place patients in appropriate positions for their x ray examinations.
- Assist the radiologist or attending physician in the performance of procedures involving preparation and administration of contrast media, utilizing appropriate medical and surgical techniques.
- Visually perceive slight differences in shades of gray in order to learn to evaluate radiographs with respect to proper patient positioning, proper exposure factors and other technical qualities.
- Possesses effective verbal and written English communication in order to instruct, listen/hear, and respond to patients with widely diverse backgrounds at any time during their radiographic examinations.
- Handle stressful situations related to technical, procedural or patient care situations.
- Physically respond to situations requiring first aid or emergency care of patients until additional help can arrive.