Google Doodle Celebrates National Radiologic Technology Week

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At Google, one of the creative ways that the company chooses to recognize events and notable people is to create what has become known as the “Google Doodle.” The Google logo, found when opening the search engine landing page, is often morphed into fun pictures such as today’s X-Ray Google Doodle celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week.

National Radiologic Technology week is celebrated annually each November to recognize the vital work of radiologic technologists across the Nation. The week coincides with the anniversary of the x-ray’s discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895.

A radiologic technologist (RT) is a medical professional who performs diagnostic imaging examinations and administers radiation therapy treatments. A Registered radiologic technologist must complete at least two years of formal education at an accredited hospital-based program, or a 2-4 year educational program at an academic institution, and pass a national certification examination.

There are nearly 1000 accredited Radiation Technology programs currently run in the United States. During the program, students must master subjects such as anatomy, biology, radiation safety, and physics. Other skills developed will include patient communication, problem solving, and teamwork

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RT’s may also choose to specialize in specific imaging techniques, such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, or sonography.

As part of the Radiation Oncology team, for example, an RT administers targeted doses of radiation to treat cancer or other diseases. A patient will typically see the radiation technologist three to five days a week throughout a four-to-seven week treatment plan.

According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, demand for radiologic technologists across the country is strong in every health care setting due to technology advances and the aging of the American population. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the occupation of radiologic technologist is projected to grow at a rate faster than the average occupation through the year 2014. Opportunities include hospitals, outpatient clinics, and physician offices.

The ASRT offers the following resources for those interested in pursuing a career as a Radiation Technologist:

• For names and addresses of accredited schools in radiography and radiation therapy, contact the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, or visit its website at www.jrcert.org .
• The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists also includes a list of accredited programs in radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine. Go to www.arrt.org
• Other professional organizations include the Society of Nuclear Medicine (www.snm.org) and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (www.sdms.org)

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