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Radiographer Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Radiographer interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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What disorders may be diagnosed using a transvaginal ultrasound?

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Ultrasounds are used to examine different areas of the body. The name of a type of ultrasound will tell the radiographer what structures are to be examined. For example, a transvaginal ultrasound uses sound waves to make pictures of the organs inside the pelvis. The interviewer wants to know that you understand possible diagnoses that may occur as a result of this test.

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30 Radiographer Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. What disorders may be diagnosed using a transvaginal ultrasound?

      How to Answer

      Ultrasounds are used to examine different areas of the body. The name of a type of ultrasound will tell the radiographer what structures are to be examined. For example, a transvaginal ultrasound uses sound waves to make pictures of the organs inside the pelvis. The interviewer wants to know that you understand possible diagnoses that may occur as a result of this test.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "A transvaginal ultrasound may be used to diagnose fibroid tumors or cysts on the ovaries, to help find a displaced IUD, or to visualize kidney stones. The bladder is also visible on this ultrasound which allows some urinary abnormalities to be detected."

      Written by Darby Faubion

      1st Answer Example

      "Abnormality of the structure of the fallopian tubes or uterus can be seen with a transvaginal ultrasound. Additionally, pelvic inflammatory disease, also known as PID, which is an infection of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes."

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Polycystic ovary, endometrial hyperplasia, pelvic inflammatory disease, early ectopic pregnancy."

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      A good display of your knowledge.

  • 2. How would you respond to an emergency situation at work?

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      Depending on the situation, you will want to respond quickly and make yourself available to assist the doctor in any way you can. Be aware of the surroundings and also observe the patient. Your best response will be one where you are sensitive to the situation by listening closely to the doctor and nurses involved. There may not be anything you can do to help, but if you get in the way, you could definitely create more problems. Ask what you can do and pay attention. If you need to step aside, be respectful and understanding.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "That really depends on the situation. I always try to remember to remain as calm as possible and report to my designated area as quickly as possible and follow emergency protocol."

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      "If an emergency were to arise, I would wait patiently for the doctors orders and assist her or him in whatever she or he needs."

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      Experienced

      "There can be any number of emergency situations in a healthcare facility, so how I would respond would be dependent upon what type of emergency it is. First and foremost is the safety of patients and employees. I would make sure no one is in immediate danger and follow any emergency protocol, per facility instructions."

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  • 3. If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees, what qualities would you look for in a candidate, and do you think you possess those qualities?

      How to Answer

      There is more than one reason for asking this question. First, the interviewer wants to know what qualities you think are important to perform this job. Second, and most importantly, your answer will tell the interviewer if you hold yourself to the same standard as you do others. If you want to see certain characteristics in your peers, you should be able to tell the interviewer with confidence that you possess those traits, as well. This question is one that interviewers often use to distinguish sincerity on the part of the candidate.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "If I were hiring someone, I would look for someone who is passionate about the job and about patient care. I also feel that being approachable and willing to learn is very important."

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      1st Answer Example

      "I believe that honesty is important no matter what job title a person holds. I have found that being honest with people creates an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Those qualities, I feel, are essential when building rapport with patients and co-workers."

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Experienced

      "We all possess different qualities and that is what makes a great team. If I were responsible for interviewing and hiring new employees,I would look for someone who has a genuine interest in the job and a desire to grow and learn. None of us knows every thing there is to know about each disease or treatment. Being willing to learn and share what we've learned with one another makes us a better team and benefits our patients and those who will need care in the future."

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  • 4. Tell me about a time you were trusted with confidential information.

      How to Answer

      Working within the medical career field you are trusted with sensitive information each day. Don't fall into this trap and answer this question with a story containing confidential information, people will view your answer negatively and view you as not being trustworthy. If you choose to tell about a situation be sure to be vague and not use names or too many details.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "I am expected to keep all information confidential every day, so there is not just one instance that I can refer to. I believe in practicing within legal and ethical bounds and keeping patient's confidence is one way I do that."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I once had a young lady who had an abortion and didn't want her parents to know about it. Her parents brought her to the hospital and requested to know what was wrong with her. But since she is an adult and said I shouldn't tell her parents anything, I simply did the scan, wrote her report, sealed it, and sent them to the doctor that referred them."

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  • 5. Have you ever worked in an environment in which your co-workers were from diverse backgrounds?

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      In an industry as large as healthcare, diversity among peers is inevitable. To be successful, it is crucial to learn how to work with a diverse group of people. Some people are intimidated when faced with learning new cultures and beliefs, but in the healthcare industry, it is crucial to provide effective care. The interviewer wants to know that you are open to meeting and learning about new people and becoming an integral part of the team. Be positive with your response.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "The largest diverse group I worked with was probably when I did my clinical rotation at University Medical Center. I was afforded the opportunity to meet people from different cultures, religions, and professional backgrounds. It gave me an eye-opening experience of how many wonderful people there are!"

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  • 6. What would you describe as your biggest weakness?

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      This is probably one of the most dreaded questions in a job interview. Answering this question requires self evaluation and honesty. Remember, whatever weakness you decide to share, make sure it is not a key characteristic needed to perform your job as a radiographer.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "One of my weaknesses is that I often get nervous around people I don't know. I know we all do that to a certain degree, but for me, it has become something that I am aware of. I now try to attend social activities where I know there are going to be opportunities to meet new people so that I can overcome social anxiety."

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  • 7. What are some different types of ultrasound images?

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      Ultrasounds are used for various reasons. Depending on the reason for a test, different types of images are used. There are four types of ultrasound images. The interviewer wants to know that you have an understanding of these types of images. Share your knowledge.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "A doppler ultrasound is used to check for proper blood flow in vessels. 3D ultrasounds take 2d ultrasound images and project them into three-dimensional representations."

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  • 8. Can you think of a time that you had a disagreement with a boss or co-worker, and if so, how was it resolved?

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      Any time you work with someone else, there is a chance of having a disagreement about something at one time or another. The interviewer knows this. It's human nature for people to have their own opinions. What is important to the interviewer in this question is whether or not you are willing to compromise and work through difficult situations with your co-workers. Being unwilling to compromise or find alternative solutions to a dispute can affect everyone on the team, even if it is indirectly. Sharing a personal experience is OK, but do not embellish it to 'be the hero.'

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "I am a pretty easy-going person and do my best to avoid conflict. Like anyone else, I am sure there have been times that a co-worker and I have had a difference of opinion, but there has never been an instance that the disagreement was something that would have interfere with my work."

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  • 9. What can you tell me about a bone density test?

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      Aging has many effects on the body. Some of the results of aging on the skeletal system are loss of bone mass, increased bone fragility and increased risk of fracture. The only way to accurately diagnose osteoporosis is with a bone density test. Being able to detect the risk of a potential problem before it occurs is one advantage of advances with medicine. Share what you know about bone density tests with the interviewer.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "A bone density test can predict the chances of breaking a bone in the future, monitor for improvement of bone density, determine if an osteoporosis medicine is working, or diagnosis osteoporosis."

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  • 10. Salary is often commensurate with experience. How do you feel about someone with more experience than you having a higher salary but doing the same job?

      How to Answer

      Most employers do offer higher salary incentives to get more seasoned employees. This is not meant to devalue a person's knowledge or experience, but rather paying for more experience. It is important to note that the interviewer is not saying you will definitely make less than someone with more experience. Many times this question is to see how you respond and how badly you want a position. If an employee is willing to put in the work and earn the pay increase, employers often see them as someone worth investing in. This is a good time to ask what the beginning salary is and discuss options that are negotiable such as benefits and paid time off.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "I don't have a problem with someone who has more experience than me making a higher salary. I respect the experience that others have and know that I will have to prove myself."

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  • 11. Would you ever consider relocation? If so, what areas are you open to?

      How to Answer

      While relocation may not be a determining factor for employment, larger companies almost always ask this question. The important thing to remember is, if you are 100% confident that you are willing to relocate, answer yes. However, if there is any hesitation, there are ways to answer this question without an emphatic NO.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "I have done a bit of traveling and I am open to the idea of relocation. I would like to find a place where I can put down roots and grow with a company."

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  • 12. Do you have experience performing sonograms for obstetric patients?

      How to Answer

      Sharing what procedures you are most familiar with will allow the interviewer to see where your strengths are and could help determine what area you are assigned to if offered a position. It is always important to remember, that if you do not have a lot of experience with a certain procedure or in a certain area, be honest. It's better to say that you don't have experience and show a willingness to learn rather than giving the impression that you are accomplished at a skill when you are not.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "I have only done a few sonograms so far. I just finished school and did have an opportunity to assist with several and do a few independently. I look forward to learning more."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Yes. First, you introduce yourself and explain the procedure to the patient. Then the patient is asked to lie supine and expose the abdominal region down to the pelvic area. Then apply a small amount of gel and scan."

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  • 13. Radiographers in our facility often work on rotation. Are you prepared to work evenings, weekends, overtime and holidays as required?

      How to Answer

      Being flexible with the schedule you are willing to work is always a plus. However, many people work more than one job or have a one parent home which requires them to have a flexible schedule. Others simply prefer to work one shift rather than another. Being up front with the interviewer about what schedule suits your preference could help prevent conflict later on. It is easier to plan a schedule you can agree on than it is to fix problems that arise due to fear of being rejected. Be honest and direct.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "I am a single mom with two school-aged children. Ideally, the day shift would be a better fit for me. This would allow me to fulfill both my work and home responsibilities without a conflict."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I may not be able to work weekends and holidays because I may need to use those days to attend to family needs."

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      It's totally okay to have restrictions on your time. It's best to lead with the hours that do suit you vs. what you cannot do. I have provided an example below.

      "My preferred schedule is weekdays, 9-5. I am happy to help out in a pinch; however, personal time with my family is very important to me."

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  • 14. Do you feel you are capable of being a good team player?

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      Unless you work in a job where you have no human contact or interaction, being able to work well within a team is a crucial skill. Describe what makes you feel like you are a good team player to the interviewer.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "I definitely feel like I am capable of being a good team player. I am easy to get along with and am eager to learn from those with more experience."

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  • 15. What is the purpose of a carotid doppler ultrasound?

      How to Answer

      Being able to view vessels and the flow of blood, such as with a carotid ultrasound, is a great way for doctors to find narrowed vessels or other abnormalities in blood flow. TTell the interviewer, not only the part of the body this ultrasound examines, but what it is designed to detect.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "Carotid ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the carotid arteries in the neck which carry blood from the heart to the brain. It evaluates blood flow through the vessel."

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  • 16. What made you choose the field of radiology as a career?

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      Interviewers always want to know what made you choose a specific career. Knowing that you are passionate about your choice will tell the interviewer that you will be passionate about the work you do. Remember, even if you knew that radiology would pay you well, do not let your answer appear as though your main reason for choosing this career was money.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "When I was a kid, I had an accident and broke my leg. I remember going to the doctor and him showing me the xrays and where my break was. I was excited to see that film and see what the inside of my body looked like. I knew from that time on that I wanted "

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  • 17. Do you anticipate any changes in your life within the next 12-24 months that may cause you to have to relocate or leave this job?

      How to Answer

      Knowing what goals you have and any changes you anticipate in your life will give the interviewer an opportunity to evaluate two things: 1. what positions are available that won't disrupt your plans and, 2. are you interested in having a long-term relationship within the company? Either way, being upfront and honest is always appreciated.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "I recently completed radiology school and became certified. My hope is to find a position that will allow me to work long term. I do not anticipate any significant changes that would affect that."

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  • 18. What structures are visible when a pelvic ultrasound is done?

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      This is another question that will show the interviewer you have a clear understanding of anatomy, which is crucial for a radiographer. Being able to identify normal structures within the body helps a radiographer notice abnormalities, if they are present. Give some examples of what body structures may be visible.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "The uterus, fallopian tubes and bladder are a few structures that are visible with a pelvic ultrasound. In men, the prostate gland and seminal vesicles are also visible."

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  • 19. What do you think are some good characteristics of a radiographer?

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      When an interviewer asks a question like this, he is usually trying to see what characteristics or traits you may be 'bringing to the game,' so to speak. When you answer this question, try to think about what you would like to see in a person who is providing care for you or a loved one.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "A radiographer should definitely be kind and show genuine concern for patients. Being sick can be very stressful situation and showing concern often causes the patients to feel more comfortable."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Excellent communication skills, polite and friendly, patient, and, most importantly, must have a good knowledge of his/her job."

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      These are important characteristics, for sure! Be sure to mention that you have these qualities, and how you exude them in your work.

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  • 20. What are possible side effects of using a contrast medium?

      How to Answer

      Being aware of possible side effects to a contrast medium helps a radiographer identify when a patient may be in distress. Radiographers are responsible for educating patients on possible side effects that could arise with the use of barium so that they will know what to report. The interviewer wants to know that you can identify possible problems so that appropriate action can be taken.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "Nausea, a metallic taste in the mouth, or a feeling of being flushed are common side effects of a contrast medium."

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  • 21. What is barium?

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      Often medications or solutions have to be administered to help deliver an accurate test result. These types of tests are often ordered when a view of an internal organ needs to be viewed to determine proper functioning. Being able to explain what a contrast medium, such as barium, is used for helps a radiographer to educate patients prior to an exam being performed.

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  • 22. What abnormality can be seen on an xray?

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      One of the first classes that a radiographer takes is anatomy. Understanding anatomical structures and their normal appearance is essential for a radiographer to identify an abnormality if one is present. The interviewer wants to know that you are able to distinguish the difference in a normal and abnormal xray.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "Several things can be seen on a chest xray. Among the most common are infections, such as pneumonia, an enlarged heart, and blocked vessels leading to the heart or lungs."

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  • 23. What colors do you expect to see on an xray and what do those colors represent?

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      Correct identification of internal structures is an essential skill of a radiographer. Structures on an xray show up with different density/shades. The interviewer wants to know that you will be able to identify what you see on an xray.

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  • 24. What disorders may be diagnosed using ultrasound technology?

      How to Answer

      While an ultrasound result is not a definitive diagnosis for some disorders, it is used in diagnosing others. When a physician writes an order for an ultrasound, the diagnosis code and type of test will tell the radiographer what he is looking for. The interviewer wants to know that you are aware of common diagnosis that may be detected while performing an ultrasound.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Fatty Liver, liver cirrhosis, gallbladder stones, kidney stones, cholecystitis, colitis, bowel obstruction, Polycystic ovaries, pelvic inflammatory disease."

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  • 25. How do you handle stressful situations?

      How to Answer

      Stress is inevitable and the interviewer knows that. He does not expect you to say that you are never stressed, but rather wants to see how you respond to stressful situations. If there is an experience you can refer to when describing your approach to stress resolution, share it.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and do my best not to get distracted. I also like to make lists and cross off tasks as they are completed. That keeps me focused and aware of what I need to do next so that I don't become stressed."

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  • 26. What are symptoms that may be reported that may cause a physician to order an xray of a bone?

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      There are several reasons a physician may order an xray. Because all tests need an appropriate diagnosis code, the physician will to have documentation of subjective and/or objective symptoms. Share what you symptoms you would expect to be common when a bone injury is suspected.

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  • 27. What makes you think you will be successful at our organization?

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      Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond expectations in the past, focus on how your qualities will help you meet and exceed expectations with their organization. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

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      "I feel I have the education and skills necessary to become an asset to your organization and I believe, given the opportunity, I can prove that."

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  • 28. Can an ultrasound determine if a growth is cancerous?

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      The interviewer wants to know that you have an understanding of what a specific diagnostic test can tell you. Many people will answer this question quickly without realizing what the interviewer is asking. Notice the question is not if the ultrasound will show a growth, but 'is it cancerous.' Share your knowledge.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "While an ultrasound can give a more in depth view of an area of a suspected growth, it is not the only thing used to diagnose. It can show a growth that is specific to a cancer, but biopsies will then be ordered to give a final diagnosis."

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  • 29. Tell me about a type of fracture that you may see on an xray.

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      There are many types of fractures, but the main categories are displaced, non-displaced, open, and closed. Because of the unique properties of their bones, there are some defined fracture subtypes that present only in children. As a radiographer, identifying what type of fracture a patient is experienced is one of your responsibilities. The interviewer wants to know that you are able to differentiate between fractures.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "There are actually several types of fractures. A non-displaced fracture occurs when the bone cracks either part or all of the way through, but does move and maintains its proper alignment. When an open fracture occurs, the bone breaks through the skin. In some open fractures, the bone may stay exposed; in others, it may draw back into the wound and no longer be visible."

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  • 30. What can an ultrasound detect?

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      Doctors employ ultrasound imaging in diagnosing a wide variety of conditions affecting the organs and soft tissues of the body, including the heart and blood vessels, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, eyes, thyroid, and testicles. Radiographers are trained to know what where anatomical structures are located and to see abnormalities in those structures. The interviewer wants to know that you know possibilities of what may be detected when you perform an ultrasound.

      Written by Darby Faubion on November 17th, 2018

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Ultrasound can detect abnormalities in different organs of the body, such as the liver, kidney, bowels, uterus, bladder, etc."

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