Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists

Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists

November 09, 2009 09:00 ET

The Power of Technology With the Human Touch Celebrated During Medical Radiation Technologists Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2009) - November 8-14 is Medical Radiation Technologists' Week, a celebration of the contributions of the medical radiation technology profession to healthcare in Canada. Spearheaded by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and carried out in partnership with provincial member associations, this is an occasion to recognize a unique profession that combines advanced technological expertise with empathetic patient care.

If you or someone you know has had an x-ray, MRI or CT scan, a mammogram, nuclear medicine procedure or radiation therapy, you have been in the care of these highly educated, highly skilled professionals, as they captured diagnostic images or applied radiation therapy. MRTs make an enormous difference to patients in hospitals and clinics, to athletes injured in sport and in the most challenging conditions, as members of National Defence medical units on the battlefields in Afghanistan. Medical radiation technologists also play an important role in the promotion of medical radiation safety for patients. To support its members in this important area, the CAMRT has recently joined the Image Gently (http://spr.affiniscape.com/associations/5364/ig/index.cfm?page=391) campaign. Image Gently is an international alliance of healthcare organizations dedicated to providing safe, high quality pediatric imaging, that provides multilingual education and awareness tools for technologists, parents, physicians and other healthcare professionals.

About Medical Radiation Technologists

Medical radiation technologists are integral members of the healthcare team, who are certified to perform precise diagnostic imaging procedures and administer radiation treatment to cancer patients.

Medical Radiation Technologists include:

Radiological Technologists, the people behind the production of diagnostic radiographs, including x-rays, mammographies, angiographies, fluoroscopies and computerized tomography (CT) scans;

Radiation Therapists, who work as part of cancer treatment teams in hospitals and cancer clinics administering radiation therapy to cancer patients;

Nuclear Medicine Technologists, who carry out diagnostic imaging and treatment procedures utilizing radionuclides in hospitals and private clinics; and

Magnetic Resonance Technologists who work with magnetism, radio waves and computers to acquire medical images through the use of a radiation-free body-length tunnel.

About the CAMRT

Founded in 1942 by a coalition of provincial associations, the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) is the national certifying body for medical radiation technologists, including radiological technologists, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, and magnetic resonance technologists. This national professional association represents over 10,000 medical radiation technologists. The CAMRT offers quality professional development opportunities through distance education courses. Advocating for the profession with government, industry, and both national and international health professional agencies is also an important mandate of the CAMRT.

To find out more about the world of MRTs, visit www.camrt.ca or call 1-800-463-9729 toll-free.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
    (CAMRT)
    Leacy O'Callaghan-O'Brien
    Director of Advocacy, Communications and Events
    613-234-0012 ext. 230 or 1-800-463-9729 ext. 230
    lobrien@camrt.ca