ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Nov. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Health care changed dramatically on November 8, 1895, when German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered radiography. Hailed as a medical miracle, scientists and physicians began using X-rays in clinical settings soon after, and their use exploded in the early 20th century. Fast forward to 2022 and healthcare providers still rely on x-rays to detect bone fractures, find foreign objects in the body, identify lung disease and more.
Radiography has been the catalyst for advanced medical imaging procedures such as computed tomography, mammography, and nuclear medicine. Additionally, radiation therapists use X-rays and other forms of electromagnetic radiation in cancer treatments. Quite simply, radiography has changed healthcare and continues to be a key player in patient care globally.
An important part of the history of radiography includes radiological technologists who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. From the earliest stages of radiography, radiologic technologists have worked to establish patient safety protocols, patient positioning techniques, equipment processes, and radiation safety guidelines. Their contributions to medical imaging and radiation therapy are an essential part of the history of radiography.
To commemorate the anniversary of radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week®, November 6-12. The week recognizes Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of radiography and honors the vital work of medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in patient care and healthcare safety.
Visit asrt.org to learn more about radiology technologists and medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures.
About the ASRT
ASRT represents 157,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and administer radiation therapy. The Society is the largest radiological scientific association in the world. Its mission is to advance and elevate the profession of medical imaging and radiation therapy and to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
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