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WHAT IS AN MRT?

Medical Radiation Technologists are highly skilled health care professionals dedicated to the highest standard of care and treatment of the patient, ensuring their comfort and safety while maintaining a high standard of competence. As an integral member of the health care team, technologists administer radiation by practicing one of four disciplines.

Radiological Technology

A Radiological technologist aids in the diagnosis of disease and injury by producing permanent images which are read by a physician who specializes in radiology. The technologist is responsible for the quality of the x-ray images and for providing the correct view of specific body structures or systems, whether on film, a computer monitor, or a television. The Radiological technologist is a highly skilled individual, knowledgeable of the effects of radiation and proficient at keeping radiation dosages to the absolute minimum, and provides a high level of patient care during the procedures.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapists are key members of the cancer treatment team. They use focused beams of radiation to destroy tumors while minimizing harm to healthy tissues. Therapists are also involved in the treatment planning aspects of cancer therapy such as performing pre-treatment planning CT Scans, taking measurements, constructing and fitting immobilization devices, and determining radiation doses. Radiation therapists also play an important role in counselling patients on the possible side effects of radiation treatment and providing advice on how to minimize them.

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear medicine technologists carry out diagnostic imaging and some treatment procedures by administering radiopharmaceuticals to the patient by injection, inhalation, or ingestion. The organs and tissues process the radiopharmaceuticals and the technologist records their function using specialized cameras. The technologist will monitor radiation levels in order to ensure a safe environment. The Technologist may also work in a laboratory performing tests on samples taken from the patient. Radioactive material is also used in the laboratory setting to obtain analysis of the sample. The Nuclear Medicine technologist is a highly skilled individual, knowledgeable of the effects of radiation and proficient at keeping radiation dosages to the absolute minimum, and provides a high level of patient care during the procedures.

Magnetic Resonance Technology

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist produces images with excellent soft tissue discrimination using magnetic fields and radio-frequency pulses to aid in diagnosis of disease. The unique nature of this technology presents special imaging, patient care, and safety requirements. The ability to image the patient in a variety of planes, in addition to the safety and noninvasiveness of MRI, makes it a valuable tool for physicians. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologist is a highly skilled individual who provides a high level of patient care during all procedures, knowledgeable of the effects of radiofrequencies and is proficient at keeping those effects to a minimum and is ever cognizant of the critical safety features encompassed with operation of equipment.