Diagnostic Imaging Physical Requirements
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the nationally recognized accreditation body for Diagnostic Imaging has stated in the document: “Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography” that a program is required to have standards “designed to promote academic excellence, patient safety, and quality healthcare.” These standards require student competence in the operation of dedicated equipment in a knowledgeable and safe manner, the application of technical intelligence, and the ability to provide emotional assistance and physical care to patients during Diagnostic Imaging procedures.
The following technical standards and essential functions outline reasonable expectations of a student in the Diagnostic Imaging Program for the performance of common functions. The student must be able to perform the physical requirements of the profession in a variety of classroom, lab and/or clinical situations. Students who do not meet these physical requirements may not therefore be able to meet the physical requirements of the clinical health care partners and thus may not be able to complete the required clinical course work for the completion of the LBCC program.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING TECHNOLOGISTS:
- Technologist/student must have ability to sit, stand, neck/waist bend, or squat to perform a variety of patient care activities.
- Technologist/student must have ability to stand for majority of a normal work day.
- The Technologist/student may have to wear up to 25 pounds of lead while standing.
- Technologist/student must have ability to walk substantial distances while transporting patient on hospital beds while applying 30-40 lbs. of force to initiate the motion.
- Technologist/student must have ability to maneuver through congested areas to perform positioning procedures and transport patients.
- Technologist/student must have ability to raise arms above their head and apply 12 – 15 lbs. of force while maintaining balance for extended periods of time to position patients, reach over the x-ray tables, and adjust the equipment.
- Technologist/student must have ability to lift or apply a lifting force of 50 lbs. from the floor to a 34" high gurney in order to assist with patient mobility, repositioning, transfers, and fall recovery.
- Technologist/student must have a body size that allows free movement:
- Within small control booths and areas.
- During patient emergencies.
- To use stairs in case of emergency.
- Walk quickly in case of emergency
- To perform CPR in emergency situations
- Technologist/student must have ability to grasp and manipulate small objects.
- Technologist/student must have ability to use computer keyboards.
- Technologist/student must have ability of upper and lower extremities or functional artificial limbs to maintain balance and to perform required duties of patient transport.
- Technologist/student must be able to visually distinguish whether the x-ray beam is perpendicular, horizontal or angled.
- Technologist/student must be able to visually perform necessary radiographic procedures that involve placement of needles, catheters, etc., into proper anatomic structure of patient.
- Technologist must be able to perform necessary radiographic exams in rooms that require dim lighting.
- Technologists/student must have adequate or corrected vision to monitor a patient from at least 15 feet.
- Technologist/student must read protocols for radiography exams.
- Technologist/student must perform data entry tasks using digital and computer terminals.
- Technologist/student must have adequate visual skills to assess changes in patient’s physical condition and assess nonverbal communications
- Technologist/student must hear adequately to obtain pertinent information to relay instructions.
- Technologist/student must hear adequately to respond to patient questions and clinical history.
- Technologist/student must hear adequately to respond to patients in situations where the patient is not facing the student.
- Technologist/student must hear adequately to respond immediately to emergency situations and codes over hospital intercoms.
- Technologist/student must hear adequately to monitor patient for impaired breathing.
- Technologist/student must hear adequately to respond to verbal orders from physicians.
- Technologist/student must speak clearly and loudly enough to be understood by a person in the imaging department, operating room, or emergency room.
- Technologist/student must speak English clearly.