What Does a Radiology Nurse Do?
A Radiology Nurse, also known as a Radiologic or Imaging Nurse, cares for patients undergoing diagnostic imaging studies and radiation therapy. These procedures can include X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, and interventional radiology treatments like angioplasties or stent placements. Radiology Nurses are responsible for preparing patients for the procedures, monitoring them during the process, administering medications or contrast agents, and providing post-procedural care.
They must be knowledgeable about the technology and techniques used in radiologic studies and be skilled in assessing patients’ responses to the procedures. Radiology Nurses also play a key role in educating patients about the procedures, what to expect, and post-procedure care.
They work in hospital radiology departments, outpatient imaging centers, and clinics. Given the nature of their work, they must be adept at managing a busy and technologically complex environment, ensuring patient safety and comfort throughout various procedures. Their role is crucial in the successful execution and interpretation of diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures.