Technical Standards

Wake Technical Community College
Sonography Program
Technical Standards

 These technical standards reflect abilities necessary for a student to complete the requirements of the radiography curriculum. It should be noted that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, “A qualified person with a disability is one who can perform the essential function of a job with or without reasonable accommodation.” Read the standards carefully and seek clarification if necessary. The nature of the work and the educational requirements of the Radiography Program students must be able to: 

1.  Reach, manipulate, and operate radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment which is above shoulder level (about six feet above the floor).
2.  Lift and carry at least thirty (30) pounds of weight in order to safely transport and use ancillary aids (cassettes, sandbags, portable equipment, etc.) when performing radiologic procedures.
3.  Safely move standard wheel chairs and stretchers with patients from the emergency or waiting areas to radiologic examining rooms and safely assist mobile patients from the stretcher or wheel chair to the examining table and back, without assistance.
4.  Safely move immobile patients from stretcher to examining table and back with assistance from department personnel.
5. Lift, manipulate, and move patients as necessary for the performance of radiologic procedures.
6.  Correctly read technique charts, read and select correct exposure factors at control consoles, and read and set correct distances and other equipment settings at the radiographic and fluoroscopic towers. Read various sizes of print located on equipment and computers.
7.  Monitor equipment and background sounds during equipment operation and report unusual or abnormal sounds to the appropriate person.
8. Visually monitor patient for retention of correct position, correct breathing, motion, or evidence of physical or emotional distress during the performances of radiologic procedures, including in dimly-lighted environments and from across a room. Requirements for visual acuity are:  Correctable near vision to 20/40 in both eyes and correctable far vision to 20/40 in both eyes.
9.  Monitor and evaluate patients’ vital signs, including taking temperatures and reading standard thermometers, taking blood pressure, and monitoring respiration and pulse rate.
10. Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, with the patient, patient’s family, clinical personnel, and others to obtain or disseminate information relevant to patient care and work duties.
11. Read and correctly carry out written instructions given on requisitions, treatment charts, notes, and other records.
12. Understand and correctly carry out oral instructions given by instructors and clinical personnel, including those given in settings (special procedures suite, operating room) where all personnel are wearing surgical masks.
13. Evaluate radiographs and digital images for technical quality, including visual perception of density levels, contrast levels, evidence of distortion, and evaluation of minute structural details for evidence of blur.
14. Demonstrate emotional stability and mental alertness in day-to-day interactions with patients, visitors, staff, and peers in high stress/pressure situations that occur in the radiologic environment.

*The student shall conduct a self-assessment prior to beginning the program and will sign a statement that she or he is able to meet these technical standards. This form must be resigned following any surgery, injury or extended absence to ensure the student’s ability to continue to meet all standards.*

I have read and understand the technical standards required for the Radiography Program. I hereby declare that I am able to meet the above-listed technical standards.

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