Our stress levels may not have been the same as doctors and nurses on the floor, but rad techs have to be available and ready for anything. Most of the time it was taking X-rays of patients with non-life threatening injuries, like a child who swallowed a small toy, or an athlete who broke an arm. I also spent quite a bit of time in the operating room on standby in case X-rays were needed during surgery.
However, sometimes it was much more serious.
Comparisons of effective radiation dose with background radiation exposure for several radiological procedures.
If you're working in the field as a radiologic technologist, you might find yourself in the radiology department of a hospital, an urgent care center or even a specialized imaging clinic or radiology practice. In all of these facilities, you can be expected to take X-rays or diagnostic images not only of broken bones and sprains but pulled muscles and torn ligaments, as well. Increasingly, however, doctors are relying on the expertise of radiologic technologists to also capture pictures of the inside of the human body to help them diagnose medical conditions and diseases.
Artificial intelligence programs that diagnose disease by analyzing images still require human judgment.
Imaging centers have proliferated in the past decade. You would think that the potential to develop cancer years or decades after an imaging procedure would ensure that imaging centers are as safe as possible. Think again!
Children have ten times the risk for CT Scan caused cancer compared to adults. Ultrasounds and MRIs, whenever appropriate, should be substituted especially in the younger population.
Any reasonable person should be convinced that routine CT scan screening of otherwise healthy people is probably not the wisest choice.
We are simply one more person in scrubs who has information about their health. In order to stay within our scope of practice and maintain excellent standards of patient care, we must know how to handle some difficult questions with tact. Here are 5 typical questions requiring some forethought:
Radiology for students and professionals
My intent here is to share my knowledge and help mentor incoming Rad Techs or those interested in the field of Radiology.
“InsideRadiology” provides consumers and health professionals with free and easily accessible accurate, up to date, credible information about medical imaging tests and procedures.
The website ranks #1 on Google for "learning radiology." There are thousands of links to material on this site from Google alone including hundreds of university programs in radiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, physician assistant, emergency medical technician and radiologic technologist programs.
This award-winning bimonthly Journal covers all disciplines and specialties within medical imaging, including radiography, mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine imaging, sonography and cardiovascular-interventional radiography.
Welcome to the Radiology Assistant...The Educational site of the Radiological Society of the Netherlands
ImagingBiz, founded by longtime industry veteran Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle, includes a portfolio of specialized publications delivering business intelligence for hospitals, imaging centers, and radiology practices. This education and information portal offers a wealth of expertise on the rapidly changing world of medical imaging.
Radiology.org provides radiology directory and custom search services to radiologists and professionals in the medical imaging industry.
RadiologyInfo was established to inform and educate the public about radiologic procedures and the role of radiologists in healthcare, and to improve communications between physicians and their patients.
Welcome to RadiologyPics.com, a large open access database of high quality radiology cases, differential diagnoses, and mnemonics!
The international community for Radiology professionals. Grow your professional network, get help for your daily practice, prepare for the boards and more...
Radiopaedia.org is a free educational radiology resource with one of the web's largest collections of radiology cases and reference articles.
Radiology and medical imaging professional network for building relationships in clinical practice, education, career, research and industry.
Dr. Sethi is Editor-in-Chief of Internet Journal of Radiology. He has a keen interest in Web 2.0 technologies and in maintaining his famous radiology blog, which has been featured in multiple international journals.
I often get asked, "How did you get to where you are in Radiography?" It's a funny question to me because I have relatively little experience in the field compared to many of the technologists I have worked with and learned from. While I ride the wake of their pathways, I can fill you in on what brought me to this point in my career.
Welcome to wikiRadiography - A free website for Radiographers, Sonographers and students
Good collection from Jodie Borruano.
AuntMinnie.com provides the first comprehensive community Internet site for radiologists and related professionals in the medical imaging industry. AuntMinnie provides a forum for radiologists, business managers, technologists, members of organized medicine, and industry to meet, transact, research, and collaborate on topics within the field of radiology with the ease and speed that only the Internet can provide.
Diagnostic Imaging is an online publication that informs and engages radiologists and other medical imaging professionals with the latest news and commentary in medical imaging.
Health Imaging is the leading news, business, and technology magazine for medical imaging, healthcare executives, and health IT professionals looking for practical tools to boost workflow, reduce costs, and manage their departments and facilities more efficiently.
Medicalphysic is the number one online resource for medical physicists. Our remit is to major on in-depth news, analysis and commentary about the fundamental research, emerging technologies and clinical applications that underpin the core disciplines of medical physics: diagnostic radiology, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine and biomedical optics.
To be the leading national and international organisation representing the practice of CT Radiographers and Radiologic Technicians by promoting the highest achievable standards of patient care and professional practice.
An interactive site with Teaching Files (Fetal Congenital Anomalies, Gynecology, Artifacts and Pitfalls, Abstracts and Commentary of the Current Literature, Tables, Charts, Important Links and Bulletin Board.
Guide to Obstetric Ultrasonography with pictures of fetal development.
This podcast is for nuclear medicine professionals and PET professionals This is one of the worlds longest running medical podcasts. (3 weeks from being the oldest!)
This forum is open to all healthcare imaging professionals — radiologists, radiographers, health informatics professionals, project managers, physicists, imaging industry employees etc. interested in PACS, teleradiology and other related IT & imaging developments.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is the world’s largest credentialing organization that seeks to ensure high quality patient care in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy. We test and certify technologists and administer continuing education and ethics requirements for their annual registration.
The mission of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is to foster the professional growth of radiologic technologists by expanding knowledge through education, research and analysis; and promoting exceptional leadership and service.
AEIRS is one of the largest organizations for imaging and radiologic science educators, representing educators from the United States, Canada as well as countries abroad.
The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists is Canada''s national certifying body and professional association for medical radiation technologists and therapists across the country.
Welcome to the Certification Board of Radiology Practitioner Assistants (CBRPA) website! CBRPA is your leading source for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the educational, professional and certification practices of the Radiology Practitioner Assistant.
ISRRT is the only global organization representing over 300,000 medical imaging practitioners (called Radiographers in this document) in more than 85 countries .In many of the more developed countries regulation and licensure ensures a critical standard of practice. This includes the effective and efficient use of radiation.
The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education(USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.
Radiology Information Center from MedPage Today, the only service for physicians that provides a clinical perspective on the breaking medical news that their patients are reading.
The objective of the NRRPT is to encourage and promote the education and training of radiation protection technologists and, by so doing, promote and advance the science of health physics.
The Medical Radiation Technologists Board (the Board) is one of sixteen New Zealand health registration authorities appointed by the Minister under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act). The Board is responsible for the administration of the Act in regard to the profession of medical radiation technology.
The NMTCB is the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, formed for the purpose of creating and maintaining examinations for nuclear medicine technologists(NMTs). Since 1978, the NMTCB has offered a high-quality certification exam for NMTs.
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