OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 3, 2013) - Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) across Canada will be celebrated for their work during Medical Radiation Technologists' Week, held in conjunction with Medical Radiation Sciences Week in Ontario, November 3-9, 2013. These nationally certified technologists and therapists are committed to providing empathetic "high-touch" care to patients, while delivering critical "high-tech" services to physicians and other healthcare professionals. You will find MRTs not only in hospitals and clinics from coast to coast, but on the battlefields wherever the Canadian Forces are deployed; and in the dressing rooms of our professional sport teams.
Sponsored by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and its provincial partners, MRT Week raises awareness about this powerful area of healthcare to increase understanding of the contributions of the professionals involved in the clinical applications of medical radiation technology, which has touched the lives of over 30% of Canadians in the last six months.
The MRT profession today includes a diverse array of highly-trained professionals representing various technology-related disciplines in the health care field:
Magnetic resonance technologists produce diagnostic images using equipment that generates radio waves and a strong magnetic field. They apply their extensive knowledge of anatomy, pathology and physiology as well as their patient care skills in order to obtain the necessary images and monitor patients during scans.
Nuclear medicine technologists have technical expertise in the use of radiopharmaceuticals and radiation physics, which allows them to perform diagnostic imaging procedures through SPECT and PET imaging. They acquire images of various body systems which aid in identifying normal and diseased tissue, and their attention to quality assurance ensures patient safety is of foremost concern.
Radiation therapists are responsible for accurately planning and administering the radiation treatment for cancer patients using radiation treatment units. Newer techniques, such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy alone or in conjunction with Image Guided Radiation Therapy, offer the most advanced forms of treating cancer from outside the body. Therapists offer ongoing care and support to patients and their families during the course of treatment.
Radiological technologists use x-rays to produce images of body parts and systems, including CT scans, breast imaging, and operating room procedures. They are expert in the use of complex medical equipment which is used to better differentiate between normal and diseased tissue, while at the same time providing comprehensive, compassionate care to each patient.
For more information about the Image of Care, visit www.imageofcare.ca.
For information about CAMRT and its provincial associations, visit www.camrt.ca.
About CAMRT: Founded in 1942, the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) is a federation of ten provincial associations who share a common membership of over 11,000. CAMRT is the national certifying body for radiological technologists, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists and magnetic resonance technologists and, as such, provides the national entry to practice certification examinations. The CAMRT is also the national professional association that represents and promotes the MRT profession and is an active participant in the Canadian health system. It offers quality professional development programs, advocates on behalf of the MRT profession, publishes the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, conducts an annual conference and develops and promotes statements of professional best practice.