Tech­ni­cally they’re tech­nol­o­gists

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters - Sandy D’Ar­rigo Di­rec­tor of di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing ser­vices Car­roll Hospi­tal Cen­ter West­min­ster, Md.

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.”

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