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Radiology Technologist: What is a rad tech and why does it matter?

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Radiology Technologist

What is a radiology technologist and why does it matter?

The staff makes you feel like you are special and that is something you don’t find everywhere. Thank you!” —IMI Patient

National Radiologic Technology week took place over the week of November 6-12, and while all of us at IMI were excited about it and enjoyed celebrating some of the most important members of our team, it occurred to us that many may still not know exactly what a radiology technologist is and why they matter.

Radiology technologists (rad techs) are key to a patient’s treatment experience. They are the professionals who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and important members of the medical team overseeing diagnosis and treatment. During diagnosis, rad techs who perform imaging examinations make sure patients are positioned accurately so that the resulting images are precise. Their bedside manner determines the patient’s level of comfort and overall experience.

A rad tech’s education includes attending two years of instruction in an accredited hospital-based program or a two or four-year program in an academic institution in order to become registered. While in school they study anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection, and patient care. To stay registered, rad techs have to earn continuing education credits annually.

At IMI we only employ registered radiology technologists, which means that you can rest assured that when you come to us for care, you are always being treated by medical professionals who have met a recognized national standard for medical imaging and interventional procedures. Even better, our rad techs go beyond doing what’s required of them, they are committed and caring professionals that receive praise for their compassion and acts of kindness, but you don’t have to take our word for it:

“The staff was very comforting to me before and during the process. I was very nervous before beginning and anxious throughout, however, one of the staff was quick to distract me and hold my wrists to comfort me. I was very impressed and thankful that they were able to make me feel more comfortable.” —IMI Patient.