When it comes to medical imaging tests, the latest technology is important. However, it's also essential that the medical imaging technologist doing the test is highly-trained and specialized.
"Technologists who perform imaging examinations are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. They work closely with radiologists. The training and experience of a radiologic technologist is essential to a successful exam for the patient. At CAMC, technologists have opportunities in several modalities [areas of study]: general radiology, CT, MRI, mammography, quality management, cath lab and circulatory dynamics lab," said Christine Oskin, corporate director of imaging.
The majority of medical imaging technologists are graduates of a radiologic technology program. Nuclear medicine technologists and sonographers (ultrasound technologists) have their own specific education programs.
CAMC's technologist leveling program allows the technologists to move from a Level I Technologist to a Level II and Level III Technologist. "Each modality has specific requirements to move up to the next level. These requirements include obtaining advanced registries and specific education requirements. The program provides opportunities for technologists to increase their skills and earning potential while enabling them to stay at CAMC to advance their careers," said Steve Kirk, imaging operations manager.
"On average, we annually host around 80 students in medical imaging. Several local colleges and universities are affiliated with our program. These students are trained by a comprehensive list of dedicated professionals. The training opportunities provided by CAMC's Medical Imaging Department are truly comprehensive, and everything is offered within a five-mile radius," said Eric Halstead, clinical instructor for radiologic science.