National Radiologic Technology Week is celebrated annually to call attention to the valuable work of Radiologic Technologists across the nation. The celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the X-ray’s discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895.
At Lake Medical Imaging, our wonderful team of 88 RTs acquire highly technical images that play an integral role in the medical process and in the lives of thousands of patients each year. The work of these professionally trained experts is vital to quality patient care.
Not only do they capture images (including radiologic, ultrasound and nuclear), safely, they ensure that those images provide our interpreting radiologists and referring physicians with the information they need to make, confirm or exclude a diagnosis accurately.
Based on the accuracy and clarity of your images, treatment decisions are determined by your physician, e.g., no further treatment needed; additional imaging required; surgery indicated, etc.
It is in the very early stages of a disease or a condition, when the finding may be small or almost hidden, that the diagnosis is most critical and when treatment can be the most effective. An early diagnosis limits unnecessary and prolonged pain and suffering; prevents a delay of necessary intervention, and more importantly, can save lives.
In order to be an RT, an individual must graduate from a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Accredited Program and then sit for a certifying exam. Once the exam is passed, an RT may use these initials after their names. An annual procedure is required to maintain registration of the certification.
So, the next time you require an X-ray, ultrasound, CT examination or other image for a medical concern, chat with your radiology technologist, and think about saying “thank you” for doing a good job. We thank them for the great work they do every day.