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NRTW Offers Inside Look at Radiologic Technology

Nov 03, 2014
An estimated 159 million x-ray procedures were performed in the United States in 2013. This important technology has been detecting broken bones, foreign objects in the body, compressed disks and more since the late 1800s. It’s still the go-to exam doctors use to look inside the body.

Other medical imaging disciplines and specialties have followed, including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. Even radiation therapy, used to treat cancer, is a distant cousin of the x-ray. They’ve all been key factors in medicine’s ability to improve patient care on a global scale.

A key chapter in the story of medical imaging and radiation therapy includes the experts who perform the procedures: radiologic technologists. More than 300,000 registered radiologic technologists work in the United States. Radiologic procedures and radiologic technologists go hand in hand, and the partnership serves millions of patients every year.

INRTW14_Info-thumbn honor of this year’s National Radiologic Technology Week®, Nov. 2-8, and its “Many Views With One Vision” theme, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is highlighting the unique marriage between medical imaging and radiation therapy technology and radiologic technologists.

ASRT’s “X-ray Vision” infographic provides a snapshot of medical imaging and radiation therapy technology and radiologic technology professionals.

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