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