Who performs the chest x-ray test?

A chest x-ray is performed by a radiologic technologist, a medical professional who is also sometimes called a "radiographer." A chest x-ray is a painless, common medical scan that produces images of your heart, lungs and surrounding structures through use of a small amount of radiation that creates pictures on a computer screen or special film.

Radiologic technologists must complete at least two years of formal education in an accredited hospital-based program or a two- or four-year educational program at an academic institution. In the US, they may need to be licensed or certified, depending on the state in which they work. To remain registered, they need to earn continuing education credits. Radiologic technologists are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care.

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