I've been wondering about the role of the 'techs' in radiology deparments in the US and Canada? Here in the UK, they: Are referred to as radiographers - 'tech' seems a bit degrading! Go to university for four years to obtain their qualification, with extensive classes in Anatomy and Pathology, among others. Are a critical part of the healthcare team, along with for example nurses and physiotherapists. No radiographers=no exams! Have a statutory duty to control the amount of radiation the general population is exposed to, and thus have the capacity to reject procedure requests that they deem unnnecessary. Many times have I seen the radiographer ring an intern to inform him/her that the procedure the requested is unnecessary - e.g. a chest x-ray for a minor rib fracture, or an Abdo X-ray following a CT - and that they won't be proceeding with it. A friend of mine who worked for a while as a 'tech' (and boy how she hated that term!) in Bermuda told me that this doesn't happen in routine practice in North America. Is this true in your experience? What's your view on the roles of the radiographer? Any comments/observations? Seems like they have a bit of a raw deal in North America!!