This week is Medical Radiation Technologist’s Week, a fantastic reminder to recognize and celebrate the significant role our MRTs play in our province’s health care system. MRTs are highly skilled health care professionals dedicated to ensuring the optimum standard of care and treatment of the patient. In Manitoba alone there are over 850 registered members of the professional association.
Technologists and Therapists practice medical applications in one or more of four currently recognized disciplines; Medical Radiological Technology (also known as X-ray Techs), Nuclear Medicine Technology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology and Radiation Therapy. Medical Radiation Technology is a science that is based on advanced technology and human compassion. As an integral part of the medical team, MRTs use their knowledge of physics, human anatomy and physiology, and radiation to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. They are the technologists who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. Simply said, if you have ever had an x-ray, scan, MRI, nuclear medicine procedure or radiation therapy, you have been in contact with an MRT. Technologists also work in interventional radiology, assisting with procedures that use imaging to guide catheters, balloons, stents and other tools through the body to diagnose and treat disease without open surgery.
DSM wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to all MRTs who work in Manitoba.