Radcademy Teaches Teens About the Science Behind X-ray Procedures

New campaign highlights the technology of seeing patients from the inside out

Mar 01, 2016, 14:17 ET from American Society of Radiologic Technologists

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Pretty rad!"

That's how one teenager describes radiologic technology in a new campaign that teaches kids about the world of medical imaging and radiation therapy.

Radcademy uses contemporary media techniques and real-life situations to engage young people and their imaginations. Created by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Radcademy features a website and accompanying videos that are specifically designed for boys and girls aged 12 to 16.

The website component calls to mind the colorful graphics of mobile apps while using bite-sized informational nuggets called RADfacts. Content on the site is written in a way so kids can easily learn about the fascinating scientific foundations of x-ray, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine and other radiologic procedures.

"Radcademy is unique because it provides teenagers with fundamental information about the science behind medical imaging and radiation therapy, and also offers radiologic technologists a series of tools they can use for educational purposes," said ASRT CEO Sal Martino, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASRT, CAE. "What's exciting is radiologic technologists are already telling us they want to use Radcademy for career days, school presentations and to show their friends and families what they do for a living."

The video section on the website includes four videos that highlight various medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures and also explain the science behind the technology. While the kids in the Radcademy videos are portrayed by actors, the subject matter experts in the videos are all real-life radiologic technologists, radiation therapists and radiologic science educators. Moreover, the videos are scientifically accurate, but uncomplicated so young audiences can easily understand the topics.

In addition, to connect with teens, the videos present the information using authentic, one-on-one interactions with working radiologic technologists and lively back-and-forth sessions with radiologic science educators. One teenager leads the viewer on a hospital field trip to find out how x-rays work, while another visits an oncology center looking for answers about how radiation therapy helped his grandmother beat cancer.

About ASRT
The ASRT represents more than 153,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy. The Society is the largest radiologic science association in the world. Its mission is to advance the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality of patient care.

Contact: Greg Crutcher, 505-816-1846, gcrutcher@asrt.org

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SOURCE American Society of Radiologic Technologists