Radiology information systems (RIS) are computerized systems that help the radiology field maintain and access important radiology information. The systems assist with scheduling, patient management, tracking and reporting results and tracking patients. Radiologic technologists, radiology assistants, and radiology information systems administrators are professionals that commonly work with radiology information systems.
A radiologic technologist performs complex diagnostic imaging procedure including mammograms, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computer tomography (CT). He takes directions from radiologists and other doctors and follows the necessary safety precautions to minimize radiation exposure to themselves and patients. He prepares patients and explains the details of procedures. He also prepares the necessary equipment for procedures and assists radiologists. Radiologic technologists also maintain patient medical records, create work schedules and maintain tools and equipment. Radiologic technologists typically need formal training in radiography or radiologic technology such as a certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. Many states also require radiologic technologists to be licensed.
A radiology assistant helps radiologists and radiologic technologists with a variety duties. She prepares patients for tests, explains details of procedures and performs some tests such as X-rays. She makes sure untreated areas are covered with protective shields and instructs patients to remove jewelry and clothing containing metal parts. She prepares X-ray machines by inserting films and placing the machines in the correct position. Radiology assistants need a certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in radiology or related area. Most radiology assistants have an associate’s degree. Radiology assistants typically work for hospitals, doctor’s office and other medical facilities.
Radiology Information Systems Administrator
A radiology information systems administrator, commonly called a RIS administrator performs a variety of tasks to ensure the effective function of radiology information systems to meet the needs of the company or organization. He installs, adjusts, configures and maintains systems and offer technical know-how on the RIS functions. He incorporates systems into the business, clinical and information technology functions of the organization and manages the everyday operations of the system and related equipment. RIS administrators work with staff members to make sure the systems are functioning properly. He provides technical support and assistance as well as training to other employees. RIS administrators are also responsible for providing effective customer service to users of radiology information systems. RIS administrators generally need at least an associate’s degree in radiology or related area, but many employers seek applicants with a bachelor’s degree.