Develop the skills to perform diagnostic and interventional imaging procedures.
Medical Radiologic (or X-ray) technologists produce images of a body part or system using equipment that emits X-rays. This program develops the skills required to perform diagnostic/interventional imaging procedures using ionizing radiation and diagnostic imaging equipment.
The profession of radiological technologist involves a broad variety of procedures and covers a number of specialties that include General Radiography, Mammography, Angiography, Fluoroscopy and Computerized Tomography (CT scans).
As part of their professional duty, technologists:
- Explain the procedure to patients
- Answer questions as fully as possible
- Contribute to patient education
- Comfort patients and provide emotional support
- Position patients and equipment correctly
- Ensure patients, staff and visitors are protected from radiation
- Monitor patients during the procedure￼
- Assist the radiologist for angiographs and interventional procedures
- Operate the equipment
The radiologist, a doctor who specializes in interpreting X-rays, studies the images and dispenses advice that helps the treating physician make a diagnosis and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment to the patient.
Radiological technologists make up about 80% of the 10,000 members represented by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). Visit camrt.ca for more information.
This program has been recognized by the Canadian Forces.