Computed Tomography Profession
Since Computed Tomography was introduced in the 1970s, CT has become an important tool in medical imaging. This imaging modality, which uses x-rays to image cross sectional views of the body, is a supplement to other imaging tools in assisting the radiologist with making an accurate diagnosis.
Recent trends indicate that Radiologic Sciences professionals need skills in more than one imaging modality. An example would be the merging of CT with Nuclear Medicine, forming PET/CT imaging. This exciting advancement in technology provides the fusion of functional and anatomic information, allowing for visualization of form and function.
Students must be able to do the following:
- Efficiently reach, manipulate, and operate equipment necessary for all radiographic procedures.
- Move, manipulate, and observe a patient as necessary for all radiographic procedures.
- Visually assess patients, the medical images, and the working environment to correctly decide the appropriate action to take for the benefit of the patient.
- Clearly communicate, verbally and in writing, with patients, families, personnel, and others to disseminate information about patient care and work duties.
- Hear well to accurately gather information relevant to patient and clinical activities.
- Make appropriate judgment decisions in an emergency or in situations not clearly governed by specific guidelines.
- Demonstrate emotional stability and psychological health in day-to-day interaction with patients, staff, family members, and others, in routine and non-routine decision-making processes, and in the daily execution of didactic and clinical assignments.