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A Celebration of Ontario's Medical Radiation Technologists and Medical Diagnostic Sonographers: Spotlighting the professionals who are an essential link between patient care and advanced technology

CHATHAM-KENT: November 6, 2015 -- Medical radiation technologists (MRTs) and medical diagnostic sonographers across Ontario will be celebrated for their work during Medical Radiation Sciences Week (MRS), November 8-14, 2015. These nationally certified professionals are committed to providing empathetic "high-touch" care to patients, while delivering critical "high-tech" services to physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) will be celebrating with thousands of MRTs and medical diagnostic sonographers across Canada during MRS Week 2015. During the week, CKHA's MRTs and sonographers will be having a hospital-wide bake sale where all proceeds will be donated to CKHA's Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign. An information display and educational materials will also be available throughout the week, located near the Diagnostic Imaging department.

Sponsored by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and the Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences (OAMRS), MRS 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 imaging and radiation sciences.

These professions today include a diverse array of highly-trained professionals representing various technology-related disciplines in the healthcare field:

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.

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.

Diagnostic Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to generate an image of a particular structure in the body. An important combination of skills including technical competency, decision making and critical thinking is required for the sonographer to perform ultrasound examinations, gather diagnostic information and quite often provide a preliminary diagnosis.

For information on CKHA's Diagnostic Imaging department, visit: www.ckha.on.ca/diagnostic-imaging.

For information about the Image of Care, visit www.imageofcare.ca.

For information about CAMRT, visit www.camrt.ca.

For information about OAMRS, visit www.oamrs.org.

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.

 

For more information, please contact:
Beth Nevills
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
Clinical Instructor, Diagnostic Imaging
519.352.6400 ext. 6622
bnevills [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca

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