Mobile Technology to Infiltrate Radiology Education

Like everything today mobile technology is advancing into the radiology education market. Here’s a very good article by Lisa Haar from DiagnosticImaging online, on the subject.

Mobile Technology to Infiltrate Radiology Education

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Radiation Dose You Get When Holding the IR for a Swimmers Exposure

This is a very important article for Radiographer’s and student’s. It was written by Dennis Bowman, radiographer at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. You can access this article here:  Radiation Dose You Get When Holding the IR for a Swimmers Exposure. Thank you Dennis for sharing this article.

Becoming a Radiologic Technologist: A Student’s Guide: from Choosing the Right School to Jump Starting Your Career

This is an outstanding resource book for people who are seeking information about entering the field of radiologic technology. It was written by a long time friend of mine Jeremy Enfinger BS, RT(R), who I met through my website “Dave’s Places in Radiology”. Jeremy’s has worked in all facets of radiology, especially education, is a test writer for the ARRT boards, and has degrees in Bachelor’s of Science in Radiologic Sciences, and Associate Degree in Radiologic Science. He also manage’s a radiology blog Topics in Radiology. I highly recommend this book!

Jeremy Enfinger RT(R) (Author) This book is intended to be used as a resource for people interested in becoming a Radiologic Technologist. There are many aspects to researching schools, the health care job market, and keys to success within the field of radiology. There are also many pitfalls like non accredited institutions that claim to qualify students to be able to work in a hospital as an x-ray tech after completion of their program, but do not meet accreditation standards needed to acquire the necessary credentials. This guide will provide everything the potential x-ray student needs to research accredited schools, be successful in a radiography program, and stand out among peers to gain a competitive edge when seeking a job after graduation.

Radiology Assistant


The Educational site of the Radiological Society of the Netherlands

I found this website while I was looking for radiology websites today. Its a phenomenal education site from the Netherlands. 

This is a description of the site:  The Radiology Assistant is an initiative of the radiologist Robin Smithuis for the Radiology Society of the Netherlands to provide up-to-date radiological education for radiology residents and radiologists.  The Radiology Assistant is a non-profit organization.  Our goal is to provide education in radiology and to help medical care in South East Asia.  The free availability of this information reflects the commitment of the Radiology Assistant to provide knowledge to a wide audience.  We focus on common clinical problems in which imaging plays a major role in the management of the patient.
The subjects are presented by experts in the field.


OVMC Class of 2013

OVMC Class of 2013

Congratulation to the Award Winning Class of 2013
The 59th graduation of Ohio Valley Medical Center Program of Radiologic Technology was held on May 17, 2013.

Class 2013
From left to right standing: Haley Piatt, Jessica Astle, Adam Vaughan – New Cumberland, WV, Joe Wilcox, Jr. – Morgantown, WV, Lacy Foster – Glen Dale, WV, Jenna Carpenter – St. Clairsville, OH
From left to right sitting: Miranda Schilling, Jordan Fowler – Washington, PA, Amanda Klug, Casey Martin – St. Clairsville, OH
I worked and trained all these fine student technologist’s in their CT rotation. What a phenomenal group of technologist’s. I wish them the best in their futures in radiology.

Learning Radiology

Learning Radiology

Learning Radiology is a popular and award-winning educational radiology site aimed primarily at medical students, student radiographers, physician assistant trainees and residents-in-training containing lectures, handouts, images, Cases of the Week, online quizzes, flashcards of differential diagnoses, 22 Must See Diagnoses and “most commons” lists, primarily in the areas of chest, GI, GU, pediatric, cardiac, and bone radiology. The site attracts over 5 thousand unique visitors every day and has over 10,000 pages of original content.
I was made aware of this site through the site webmaster, I think you’ll find this an excellent radiology teaching site. I recommend a visit.

Radiologist Assistants (RAs) and RPAs: Questions and Answers

I’ve had some questions from radiography students, about RA ( radiologist’s assistant’s).

ARCBelow are some questions and answers from the American College of Radiology I’ve collected, and a link to a white paper about radiology assistant’s. Comments welcomed.

Question: What is a radiologist assistant?

Answer: As envisioned by a working group of the ACR and ASRT, a Radiologist Assistant (RA) is an advanced-level radiologic technologist who works under the supervision of a radiologist to enhance patient care by assisting the radiologist in the diagnostic imaging environment. The radiologist assistant would be an ARRT-certified radiographer who has successfully completed an advanced academic program encompassing a nationally recognized radiologist assistant curriculum and a radiologist-directed clinical preceptorship. Under radiologist supervision, the radiologist assistant would perform patient assessment, patient management and selected exams. The radiologist assistant will not perform interpretations (preliminary, final or otherwise) of any radiological examinations, nor will he or she transmit observations other than to the supervising physician.

The term was developed during a series of meetings between the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and the ACR during the spring and summer of 2002. The two groups have been meeting to consider the development of an advanced-level radiologic technologist to address workforce shortages among radiologic technologists and radiologists.

Question: What is an RPA?

Answer: The term RPA refers to a Radiology Practitioner Assistant. The term was coined through a program developed at Weber State University. According to a recent study, among some of the common procedures performed by RPAs are GI barium studies, fistulograms, genitourinary studies, arthrograms, thorocentesis, paracentesis, ultrasound and CT-guided biopsies and drainages, peripherally inserted central venous catheter line placement, angiography, and venography, Dobhoff tube placement, lumbar punctures and myelograms. Among the preliminary image evaluation reports being generated to the supervising radiologist are reports of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, othopedics, spine and skull, as well as barium and interventional studies, CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, vascular/cardiac procedures, and mammograms.1

Question: Does the ACR recognize RAs or RPAs?

Answer: At present, the ACR only recognizes Radiologist Assistants under the terms and conditions contained in the 2003 ACR/ASRT Joint Statement on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Radiologist Assistant.

Question: Why did the ACR considering recognize RAs?

Answer: The profession of radiology is experiencing workforce shortages among diagnostic radiologists and radiologic technologists. Indeed, many groups have begun hiring nurse practitioners and physician assistants to fill efficiency gaps in their practices. Many academic institutions are in the process of considering programs to initiate advanced-practice status for radiologic technologists. In addition, several state legislatures are currently considering laws that would provide extended scope of practice for radiologist extenders. The ACR and ASRT sought to establish a balanced approach that recognizes the human resource shortages, the current environment for hiring physician extenders, the status of academic programs and the uncertainty that exists from the evolving state legislative and regulatory environment. In addition, the ACR and ASRT were looking to provide a professionally satisfying career pathway for radiologic technologists. The RA is an outgrowth of those discussions.

Question: Does acceptance of the RA pose a future risk to the practice of radiology?

Answer: The profession of radiology is ever-evolving. The ACR is concerned about the potential effect of this position on the future of our members. However, the only thing that seems certain at this point is change. By considering this issue, the ACR chose to promote the development of the RA. We are aware of the acrimonious scope-of-practice battles that have occurred between other physician and ancillary provider groups. By developing the RA roles and responsibilities document, the ASRT and the ACR sought to improve patient care while addressing some of the human resource shortfalls that were occurring in the radiologic technologist field at the time.

Question: Should states enact legislation or regulations instituting an RA or RPA designation?

Answer: The ACR supports state legislation or regulation that embraces the development of the RA consistent with the roles and responsibilities developed by the ACR Council. The ACR will work with its chapters and the ASRT to ensure that state scope of practice does not exceed that envisioned by the two groups. The ACR does not recognize either the scope of practice or designation of an RPA. For more information on RA state legislative and regulatory issues, please contact Ariel Gonzalez at 800-227-5463 ext. 4488 or at or visit the ACR State Legislative Web site at.

1Burton, Samuel Scott, “Radiology Practitioner Assistant: Utilizing this New Role in Imaging Could Help Win Turf War,” ADVANCE for Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals, November 4, 2002, pages 20-21.

And the link to ARC’s white paper:

White Paper on the Radiologist Assistant

I hope this helps anyone looking for this information.


Radiology Students

John has closed this blog site, Thanks John for sharing while you were in school!!

I found this wonderful student forum from John Seltzer Jr.

John also has a student blog, Road to Radiography.

John is 39 years old and returning to school for a career change. Finding his calling come late in life in some aspects. His first career was in the I.T. industry as a computer programmer and network engineer. He worked in those fields from 1989 until 2004. In early 2002, he picked up photography as a hobby and has been making a career out of that for the last few years. John states “I will always be a photographer”. My love of working with people and my passion for photography seem to come together nicely in Radiography. The radiography portion is a very intriguing extension of his current interest in photography.

His blog will chronicle his adventures in radiography school. John also said “this is going to be a fun journey and I hope to look back on these writings one day and remember how much fun I had in the process of becoming a registered RT”.

Here is the student forum site. I recommend a visit to both of John’s sites.

Visit Radiography Students
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