Radiologic Technologists Perform Diagnostic Imaging Examinations

BY BARRY WARNER

Radiologic Technologist Kathy Crowley is inserting a film cassette into the drawer of the X-ray machine. The X-rays make a picture by striking a detector that either exposes the film or sends the picture to a computer for interpretation by a radiologist.
Radiologic Technologist Kathy Crowley is inserting a film cassette into the drawer of the X-ray machine. The X-rays make a picture by striking a detector that either exposes the film or sends the picture to a computer for interpretation by a radiologist.

National Radiologic Technology Week is celebrated annually to recognize the vital work of the Radiologic Technologists who are responsible for safely capturing patient X-ray and CT scan images when using ionizing radiation. The event takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895.

Kathy Crowley, Radiologic Technologist at Ramapo Diagnostic Imaging explained the work to the Rockland County Times. She said, “I am accountable for ensuring that the low dose X-ray or CT scan images acquired provide the interpreting radiologists and referring physicians with the information they need to make, confirm or exclude a diagnosis accurately. I love making people of all ages feel comfortable and answer all of their questions. The patients are correctly positioned on the table and protected by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be scanned, because an unclear or poorly positioned image can result in a false-negative finding.”

The work of these professionally trained diagnostic imaging experts is essential to quality patient care. An early diagnosis limits unnecessary and prolonged pain plus prevents a delay of necessary medical intervention.