It’s going to be a weird blog week. The next three days I’ll be blogging about dogs. Kind of an odd topic for a “health care” blog… I’m pressed for time this week and I keep a couple completed blogs in the “bank” to use when I’m short on time and I’m working on a really good blog for next Monday in which I’ll predict changes to health care reform now that the election’s over. If anything, this blog has variety.
Jim Swartz asked that I do a blog on Rad Tech Week. For those of you non-hospital blog readers, Rad Techs are the folks who “take the pictures” when you have an x-ray, CT, MRI, Mammography, Bone Density and a few other imaging procedures. I told Jim that I’d be happy to blog about Rad Tech week but he would need to give me some additional information. Jim emailed me and his information was so good that I decided to copy and paste it into the blog.
Thanks for the info Jim! Here’s Jim’s take on Rad Tech Week.
On Nov 8, 1895 x-rays were first developed by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen and Rad tech week is celebrated annually during the week of Nov. 8th. A Radiologic Technologist must attend at least two years of schooling that involves both clinical rotations and didactic work. Students must spend from 2-3 days a week at a clinical site (including 5 days a week during their summer semesters). After passing clinical competency tests, the student must pass a 200 question registry that is offered through the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technology) with at least a score of 75%. Rad Techs must complete continuing education bi-yearly to maintain certification.
Additional certification is offered with advance modalities (CT, MRI, Mammography, US, Radiation therapy, interventional radiography and cardiac). Each advanced certification requires additional testing and clinical competencies. As Rad techs, we must be versed in normal and abnormal pathology and anatomy while having a general understanding of many different fields (orthopedics, trauma, GI, neuro, surgical).
I know that a lot of people think we are just button pushers, but we all have at least 2 years of schooling and are highly trained. All of the technologist employed at GVMH are able to do more than one modality with most of us credentialed in multiple modalities. We are staffed 24/7 and are involved in almost all patient’s treatment as they make their way through the hospital. I know that I work with some of the finest techs, and know that they should be applauded for all of their efforts. Thanks for doing this Craig.