ASRT's Web Site Helps Patients Navigate The World Of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

Feb 04, 2000, 00:00 ET from American Society of Radiologic Technologists

    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
     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