DMU is celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW), Nov. 4-10, to honor the hard work and accomplishments of its radiologic technologists. Created by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in 1979, NRTW occurs each year during the week that includes Nov. 8, the day that German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the x-ray in 1895.
The DMU Clinic Radiology staff offer diagnostic x-Rays, bone density testing (DXA) and whole body composition analysis. To become a registered technologist, a person must graduate from a radiology program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. After graduating successfully, the person is eligible to pursue certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
This is no cakewalk, and for good reason.
“The highly technical images acquired by these health care professionals play an integral role in the medical process and in the lives of millions of patients,” Helene Pavlov, M.D., stated on The Huffington Post, to which she frequently contributes. Pavlov is a board-certified radiologist specializing in orthopedic radiology and a fellow of the American College of Radiology.
“An RT is responsible for capturing images using ionizing radiation safely. They are also responsible for ensuring that the image they help to acquire provides the interpreting radiologists and referring physicians with the information they need to make, confirm or exclude a diagnosis accurately,” Pavlov continued. “The work of these professionally trained experts is vital to the health care industry and to quality patient care.”
The DMU Radiology Clinic staff invite everyone to visit them on the third floor of the DMU Clinic this week for a free bookmark celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week. Here’s saluting our radiologic technologists and the important work they do!