This is the second of three blogs concerning radiological technologists and your diagnostic imaging department.

The radiologic technologist (RT) plays an important role on every diagnostic imaging team. A professional relationship based on trust and respect for each person can foster efficiency, improved outcomes and greater patient satisfaction for the entire organization. Let’s take a quick look at who the RT works with and what their relationship is.

The Radiologist

The RT works closely with the radiologist to ensure the facility achieves the highest quality image with the safest dosage levels possible. When an imaging department is utilizing best practices, the radiologist and RT collaborate to follow the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable). This allows the team to determine a planned exposure system that takes into consideration the patient’s size and condition when determining proper dosage levels.

The Medical Physicist

The medical physicist serves as a safety net for the practice or department on multiple levels, specifically concerning equipment. RTs should be open to the advice from medical physicists regarding individual parameters defining the techniques in producing an optimal image.

X-ray Machine Operators

Radiologic technology is considered a profession, not a trade; the American Society of Radiological Technologists (ASRT) is very specific about this in its position statements. The ASRT also asserts that limited X-ray machine operators should not supervise or manage technical aspects of imaging procedures performed by registered radiologic technologists.

The Patient

The patient’s well-being is the responsibility of the entire diagnostic imaging team. And as the person actually performing the test on the patient, the RT is the patient’s last line of defense. This makes it extremely important that the RT use sound judgment when screening a test’s appropriateness before the patient has the exam. It is the responsibility of the RT to act as a patient advocate and consider the lifetime cumulative effects of radiation in the body. So, too, it is important that the entire diagnostic team work together, keeping this as a main goal.

Final Thoughts | Diagnostic Imaging Team

When diagnostic imaging team members trust each other and respect each other’s roles and unique contributions to the team, the patient wins. With RadSite accreditation, facilities can demonstrate to both payers and patients that their technologists meet credentialing requirements and are trained to deliver quality care.

Our next and final blog in this series will cover specialty credentials for RTs.

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