Medical Imaging Revolutionizes Modern Medicine

Nov. 4-10 is National Radiologic Technology Week(R)

Oct 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Society of Radiologic Technologists

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medical imaging is
 one of the most commonly performed medical procedures in the United States,
 with more than 300 million exams performed annually.
     It has moved the beyond the black and white x-ray film to different
 types of medical imaging technologies such as digital imaging. Medical
 imaging is used for many things including measuring bone density,
 pinpointing brain tumors, diagnosing breast cancer and checking fetal
 health during pregnancy.
     More than 275,000 registered radiologic technologists work in the
 United States, making them one of the largest groups of allied health
 professionals in the country. As medical imaging moves forward and the
 demand for medical imaging services increases, the R.T. profession
 continues to advance as well. Salaries have risen steadily during the past
 decade and now average $58,673 nationwide.
     "The job outlook for radiologic technologists is very strong, driven by
 an aging patient population, greater demand for medical imaging tests, and
 advances in equipment and technology," said ASRT President Connie Mitchell,
 M.A., R.T.(R)(CT).
     R.T.s typically attend an accredited two-year associate degree program
 at a community college or technical school, or an accredited four-year
 bachelor's degree program at a university or college. R.T. students study
 anatomy, biology, radiation safety and physics. They also learn to use
 computers to acquire and manipulate images while working with some of the
 most technologically advanced equipment in the medical field. In addition,
 students learn communications and problem-solving skills so they can work
 with both patients other members of the health care team.
     Recently, the new job title of radiology assistant was developed for
 advanced practice R.T.s who have obtained additional education and
 certification that qualify them to work as radiologist extenders. RAs,
 working under the supervision of radiologists, provide patient care in the
 diagnostic imaging environment including managing and assessing patients,
 performing selected radiology exams and procedures and evaluating images.
 Their goal is to improve patients' access to timely radiologic care by
 reducing the workloads of radiologists, increasing productivity and cutting
     For more information about radiologic technologists and medical
 imaging, visit ASRT's Web site at
     Editors: If you would like to interview local radiologic technologists,
 contact Michelle Stephens at 505-298-4500, Ext. 1287.
     About ASRT
     The ASRT represents more than 125,000 members who perform medical
 imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy. The Society is
 the largest radiologic science organization in the world. Its mission is to
 provide radiologic technologists with the knowledge, resources and support
 they need to improve patient care.

SOURCE American Society of Radiologic Technologists