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Leading the Profession
Into the Next Century

 

In 2020, ASRT celebrated its Centennial anniversary. On this page you will find information and facts about the history of the world’s largest radiologic science association. Thank you for supporting the ASRT and its mission to advance and elevate the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality and safety of patient care.

 

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Shop Centennial Commemorative Products!

To celebrate, we have created a special line of products for the ASRT centennial.


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The Shadowmakers: A History of Radiologic Technology

Shadowmakers

The Shadowmakers: A History of Radiologic Technology, highlights the challenges, obstacles and successes ASRT has encountered during its 100-year history. The book covers the early pioneers in the profession, the Society’s formation and growth, legislative and regulatory initiatives, continuing education, technological advances and much more. Updated, revised and expanded!

Price: $84.95 ($75 donation + $9.95 shipping and handling). All proceeds benefit the ASRT Foundation

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Growing a Profession: A Chronicle of ASRT Affiliate Societies

Growing a Profession

Growing a Profession: A Chronicle of ASRT Affiliate Societies, written by William Brennan, M.A., R.T.(R)(CT), tells the story of the ASRT’s 54 affiliate societies and their role in supporting radiologic technologists at the state and local levels. Brennan is a former ASRT president and current associate executive director of the ASRT Museum and Archives. The keepsake edition includes some never-before-seen photographs that chronicle the rich history of the affiliates and profiles the volunteers who have served as affiliate leaders for close to 100 years.

Price: $84.95 ($75 donation + $9.95 shipping and handling). All proceeds benefit the ASRT Foundation

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Shadowmakers and Growing a Profession Combo

Shadowmakers and Growing a Profession Combo

Price: $141.95 to receive both books ($125 donation + $16.95 shipping and handling). All proceeds benefit the ASRT Foundation

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Centennial Timeline

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists, established in 1920, is the world’s largest radiologic science association. Since the discovery of the x-ray in 1895, medical imaging and radiation therapy has advanced from a scientific curiosity to an essential and sophisticated diagnostic technology. The development of radiologic technology parallels an equally dramatic evolution in the role of the technologists responsible for operating advanced medical imaging equipment and those providing life-saving radiation therapy procedures.

ASRT’s growth has progressed hand-in-hand with the profession’s. This timeline charts milestones that have shaped the profession and highlights the innovative offerings ASRT has developed to meet the needs of its diverse membership.

We'd like to thank our 156,000 members for their commitment to providing patients with high-quality patient care. The ASRT wouldn't be where it is today without our members' unwavering support for the past 100 years.

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German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovers the x-ray and within a year it is hailed as a medical miracle.

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First clinical use of x-rays by physicians.

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First use of radiation to treat cancer.

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Roentgen awarded first-ever Nobel Prize for physics.

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Thomas Edison’s assistant C.M. Dally dies of radiation exposure; called “a martyr to science.”

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Known for his many contributions to x-ray technology, William Coolidge invents the heated cathode x-ray tube, enabling external beam radiotherapy.

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Marie Curie designs vehicles to carry x-ray equipment to the battlefield in World War I.

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American Association of Radiological Technicians established; known today as the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

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Thirty-seven percent of all radiologic technologists are nuns.

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Organization begins publishing The X-Ray Technician.

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Organization changes its name to the American Society of X-Ray Technicians; membership reaches 400.

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The U.S. military trains thousands of servicemen as radiographers to provide care for wounded soldiers overseas during World War II.

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Annual meetings canceled to support war effort.

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ASXT membership climbs to 2,500.

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Radiographers take chest x-rays using mobile x-ray units to screen for tuberculosis.

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ASXT writes its first radiography curriculum; membership at 4,000.

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ASXT establishes the Student member category.

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Radiation therapy becomes a specialized field.

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Organization changes its name to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and changes the name of its journal to Radiologic Technology.

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ASRT opens office in Chicago; membership at 14,000.

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First CT scan.

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ASRT launches voluntary continuing education program for R.T.s.

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Drs. Raymond V. Damadian, Lawrence Minkoff and Michael Goldsmith’s MRI scanner makes the first-ever MR image.

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Allan Cormack and Godfrey Hounsfield awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine for invention of computed tomography.

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Congress passes Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act.

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ASRT opens new national office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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ASRT Educational Foundation established to offer scholarships, research grants and other programs to pursue opportunities to enhance the quality and safety of patient care.

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Congress enacts the Mammography Quality Standards Act ensuring all women have access to quality mammography.

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Membership reaches 28,500.

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Continuing education becomes mandatory for technologists registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

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Original Shadowmakers history published, marking ASRT's 75th anniversary.

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Membership climbs to 56,000.

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ASRT launched ASRT.com in early 1996, then changed it to asrt.org in December of that year.

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ASRT receives Piñon Quality Award.

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Membership reaches 100,000.

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ASRT completes a major renovation of its office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that more than doubles the size of the facility.

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Online version of Radiologic Technology debuts. Membership reaches 120,000.

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Sal Martino, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASRT, FASAE, CAE, becomes CEO and executive director.

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ASRT Board member Sandra Hayden, M.A., R.T.(T), FASRT, testifies at congressional hearing in support of the adoption of the CARE bill, a measure to advance national educational and certification standards for radiologic technologists.

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First clinical 3-D mammography exam performed in the U.S.

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ASRT membership exceeds 150,000.

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ASRT Museum and Archives opens.

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Directed Reading Flex Plan® introduced for continuing education.

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ASRT establishes multiple initiatives including, ASRT Radcademy®, Power of A, Roadmap guides in six categories, ASRT Communities, National Library Partnership and Student Exam Assessment Library®.

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ASRT Centennial marked.