CT Technical Standards



1. Technical Skills:

  • The ability to use Computerized Tomography equipment to perform diagnostic procedures in a safe manner consistent with minimal radiation exposure and maximum image quality.

  • The ability to evaluate and interpret requests for CT procedures and determine the best method of achieving optimal results.

  • Select exposure factors and accessory devices for all procedures with consideration of patient size, age, and extent of disease.

  • Evaluate images to ascertain that they contain proper identification and are of diagnostic value.

2. Physical Requirements:

  • Sufficient strength and fine motor coordination to:
    • Be able to push, pull, and lift 25 pounds.
    • Push a stretcher, wheelchair or other transportation device without injury to self, patient, or others.
    • Assist all patients, according to individual needs and abilities, in moving, turning and transferring from transportation devices to the CT couch, etc.
    • Accurately draw up sterile contrast media and other solutions without contaminating the syringe and/or needle, etc.

  • Adequate eyesight to:
    • Observe the patient in order to assess the patient’s condition and/or needs from a distance of, at least, 20 feet.
    • Can see numbers, letters, calibrations, etc. of varying sizes located on equipment utilized by a CT technologist.

  • Sufficient hearing to:
    • Respond to patient’s verbal inquiries
    • Communicate with other personnel involved in the care of the patient
    • Initiate timely response to audible alarms and signals

3. Interpersonal Skills:

  • Work in a professional manner with patients of all ages, races, creeds, and physical conditions while maintaining and respecting patient confidentiality.
  • Work with newborns, children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in a safe and helping manner.
  • Communicate and receive written and verbal instructions and carry them out using proper channels of communication.
  • Use accurate verbal and written communications in English to:
    • Interpret clinical data

    • Read the patient’s medical chart and/or physician’s orders.

    • Comprehend and carry out physician requests

    • Provide patient/public education related to CT procedures and radiation

    • Legibly write patient history.

4. Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability to:

  • Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of CT imaging procedures.
  • Perform mathematical problems quickly and accurately
  • Work efficiently in stressful situations
  • Complete program requirement


  1. Works in an air-conditioned environment with minimal exposure to noise and humidity
  2. Has frequent exposure to blood and body fluids from patients
  3. Has minimal exposure to x-ray radiation

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