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Nation Recognizes Radiologic Technologists Nov. 5-11

Nov 02, 2017

During National Radiologic Technology Week® every November, hospitals, health care centers and clinics recognize radiologic technologists — the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. Educated in anatomy, radiologic science equipment protocols and radiation protection measures, radiologic technologists play an important role in patient care and safety.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists established NRTW to recognize the vital work of radiologic technologists and the important role they play in health care. NRTW takes place every November to honor German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen’s discovery of the x-ray on Nov. 8, 1895.

This year, with the celebration slated for Nov. 5-11, ASRT designed five popular profile photo frames for Facebook using the theme “Positioning To Save Lives.” By sharing the frames, radiologic technologists and others who support the profession can express their pride through social media and bring national awareness to medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. The Society is using the hashtag #NRTW17 to track the impact of the social media activity.

“Radiologic technologists should be acknowledged for their indispensable role in health care and patient safety,” said Sal Martino, Ed. D., R.T, FASRT, FASAE, CAE, CEO and executive director of ASRT. “Americans should know that the personnel who perform their medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures are educated professionals dedicated to providing exceptional and often lifesaving care.”

Radiologic technologists may specialize in a specific imaging technique, such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, quality management, sonography or general radiography. The radiologic technologists who specialize in radiation therapy, which is the delivery of high doses of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases, are radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists.

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