To Radiologic Technologists, With Thanks
Radiologic technologists are the front line of the patient experience in radiology.
As early as the 1910s, physicians starting purchasing radiologic equipment and practicing as radiologists. As the demand for imaging grew, radiologists soon realized that having someone else perform the examination, develop the films in a dark room, and even perform routine equipment maintenance, improved efficiency and allowed for more radiologist-patient contact. Fast forward 100 years and radiology volumes have increased to the point where many radiologists have minimal interaction with patients, leading to concerted efforts by professional societies, such as the ACR, to try to reverse this trend.
Thus, radiologic technologists have often served as the face of radiology, not only entrusted to obtain well-positioned, properly exposed radiographs for the radiologist, but also to be the person with the greatest impact on the patient's perception of care. Much of the feedback about the patient experience in radiology has to do with the professionalism, caring, and efficiency of radiologic technologists.
So to radiologic technologists everywhere: For all you do every day to serve patients with respect, empathy, and kindness, I sincerely thank you. For providing my colleagues and me with high-quality images that help me make diagnoses more quickly and easily, with greater sensitivity and specificity, I am so grateful. Have a wonderful National Radiologic Technologists Week!
Join the ACR in celebrating National Radiologic Technologists Week from Sunday, November 5, to Saturday, November 11. Smack in the middle of the week is the International Day of Radiology on Wednesday, November 8, marking 122 years since Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen's discovery of the x-ray. If you are posting about these events on Twitter, don't forget to use #NTRW17 and #IDoR2017 to spread the message.