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EKG Technician                            Radiologic Technologist
Neurodiagnostics Tech Sonographer/Ultrasound Technologist
Nuclear Medicine Tech Radiation Therapy Technologist

EKG Technician
Electrocardiographic (EKG) Technicians take EKGs (tests to understand the electrical impulses transmitted by the heart).  These tests are done before most kinds of surgery and as a part of routine physical examinations for people over a certain age.  Those who perform EKGs and stress tests are also known as noninvasive technicians.  As a component of their work, these technicians reassure patients and answer any questions they may have about the EKG test.

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Neurodiagnostics Tech
Electroneurodiagnostic (EEG) Technologists are people who obtain interpretable recordings of patients' nervous systems.  In addition to performing the EEG test, the Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist manages medical emergencies in the laboratory and prepares a descriptive report of recorded activity of the Electroencephalographer.  The opportunities of the Technologist may also include laboratory management and the supervision of EEG technicians.  Although Electroneurodiagnostic personnel work primarily in the neurology departments of hospitals, many work in private offices of neurologists and neurosurgeons.

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Nuclear Medicine Technologist 
Nuclear Medicine Technologists administer radioactive material to patients to help detect diseases in their early stages.  With small amounts of radioactive drugs and special cameras used to track signals from the human body, these technologists compile images that reveal the characteristics and functions of tissues and inner organs.  These tests allow physicians to detect abnormalities and make a diagnosis to help correct those abnormalities. 

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Radiologic Technologist
Radiologic Technologists help physicians unlock the mysteries of the human body with X-ray technology and computerized images.  These technologists take pictures of the internal structures of human bodies with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT), sonograms and other diagnostic imaging techniques.  Radiologic Technologists blend knowledge of human anatomy and physiology with patient-related skills.

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Sonographer/Ultrasound Technologist
Sonographers, also known as Ultrasound Technologists use advanced imaging procedures to help in the diagnosis of a patient.  With the use of high frequency sound waves and specialized equipment, a sonographer can produce images that are then used for interpretation by a Radiologist.  Sonographers are responsible for setting up an ultrasound room and equipment.  They observe the display screen and make adjustments to ensure a clear image.

Additional Information:
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Radiation Therapy Technologist
Being a Radiation Therapist means making the difference for many seriously ill cancer patients.  Radiation Therapist work with specialized equipment and compassion to assist in the preparation of both the patient and their affected area before radiation treatment.  They may also administer radiation therapy to cancer patients with equipment such as the linear accelerator.  Radiation Therapist have the responsibility of keeping a patient's exposure to radiation as low as possible while ensuring precision and care are kept constant.  Employment opportunities exist at hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, private health agencies and industry.

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