Radiological technologists use equipment that produces radiation to obtain images, such as chest x-rays, back x-rays, CT scans and mammograms. These images help the physician make a diagnosis.
Radiological technologists use their excellent patient-care skills and expert knowledge of anatomy and pathology to monitor and correctly position the patient. They use their technical expertise to operate equipment properly and to ensure radiation protection methods are followed safely.
Radiological Technologists (known by many as x-ray technologists) make up about 75% of the 2,000 members of the ACMDTT. Radiological technologists produce structural images of the body for diagnostic purposes. They may be involved in a broad variety of general and specialized procedures and areas including:
- Plain film radiography: X-rays of the chest, bones, joints, and spine
- Gastrointestinal fluoroscopy studies: Images of the gastrointestinal or GI system, the area between your throat and your rectum
- Mammography: Special images of the breasts to find breast cancer at the earliest stages
- Angiography: Specialized test to look at blood vessels (arteries and veins) and blood supply to the limbs and major organs
- Computerized Tomography (CT) scans: Test that renders cross-sectional images of parts of the body
The Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) has adopted the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists’ (CAMRT) competency profiles for the medical radiation technology specialties that it regulates. Previous competency profiles for these specialties have been rescinded. The ACMDTT acknowledges that CAMRT’s profiles reflect current practice in Alberta.