ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- While seven out of 10 people in the United States undergo some kind of diagnostic medical image examination every year, understanding radiologic procedures and those who perform them can elude the average consumer. To help unlock the secrets of the rapidly expanding world of radiologic technology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists has launched a new section of its Web site at www.asrt.org. The Patients and the Public section of the site provides step-by-step descriptions of 16 common radiologic procedures, written in easy-to-understand language. Individual pages help patients learn what they can expect before, during and after each examination. The section also answers questions about radiation safety, the difference between various types of imaging examinations and the people who perform and interpret them. The section explores the scope and use of such imaging technology as x-rays, sound waves, magnetic fields and radiopharmaceuticals. Web surfers looking for accurate health information can click on radiography, magnetic resonance, radiation therapy, mammography, computed tomography, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. "The ASRT wanted to make sure accurate information was available on the Web for patients interested in learning more about medical imaging and radiation therapy," said Ceela McElveny, ASRT assistant director of communications. Recent studies show that 74 percent of the 97 million adults who go online look for health information. In addition to directing their patients to the Web site, those in medical imaging and radiation therapy can also print the information from the site and distribute it. The ASRT's Web site also provides the latest breaking developments in radiologic technology in its Professions at a Glance section. History, career opportunities and legislative developments that affect the profession and quality patient care are available on the site's public pages. "Our goal was to use the most recent advances in computer technology to help keep the public and our members apprised of the latest developments in radiologic science," said Lynn May, ASRT chief executive officer of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The ASRT is the largest and oldest professional society for radiologic technologists. The society now serves more than 81,000 members.
SOURCE American Society of Radiologic Technologists