Technically they’re technologists
I’ve just read your article entitled “CT Problems magnified” in the Dec. 14, 2009 issue (p. 10). I’m disappointed that the author refers to the operators of CT scanners as “technicians.”
The technologists who operate all imaging equipment are healthcare professionals and should always be referred to as technologists. All imaging professionals who operate equipment that produces ionizing radiation are required to be registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and, in some states, maintain current state licenses as well.
These skilled professionals must provide documentation for continuing education to maintain their registration and license. They provide a valuable service to the well-being of patients undergoing diagnostic imaging tests and are much more than “technicians.”