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Ergonomics for Rad Techs

Ergonomics for Rad Techs

Megan Malugani / Monster Contributing Writer

More on Radiologic Techs

Salary: $32,750 - $68,920
Min. Education: Certificate or Associate's
Related Careers: Cardiovascualar Technologist & Technician, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Don’t Cut Corners

Once RTs learn the proper techniques, they must take the time to put them into practice. Being in a hurry is “not a good excuse” for ignoring proper body mechanics, Fucillo says. Whenever possible, schedule difficult cases for when colleagues can help, she says. Take time to adjust tables and monitors.

And be creative. If your employer won’t buy you a cushion to support your arm when performing ultrasounds, for example, use a pile of sheets or pillowcases. “The best way to address occupational injuries is with prevention, not fixing it once it has happened,” Baker says.

If aches and pains do occur, respond promptly, says Cathy Parsons, chairman of the ASRT board of directors and administrative director of medical imaging at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tennessee. “This way, slight injuries can be addressed before they become more serious or debilitating,” she explains.

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