WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE RADIOLOGY TEAM?
The quality performance of radiology examinations and procedures, along with accurate and timely interpretation of radiology procedure results, is accomplished by a team of various healthcare professionals. The radiology team includes physicians, technologists, and nurses.
WHAT DO THE RADIOLOGY TEAM MEMBERS DO?
The radiology team at MCCH is led by four radiologists, who are physicians specializing in the field of radiology. Radiologists have completed a 4 year residency in either diagnostic radiology or radiation oncology. Radiologists are responsible for interpreting the results of examinations, performing certain procedures, such as interventional radiology procedures or therapeutic procedures, conferring and consulting with other physicians in other specialties, and ensuring the overall quality performance of the entire radiology team.
Radiology technologists are responsible for performing many of the various types of radiology examinations, including x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, mammograms, ultrasound procedures and nuclear medicine. Technologists receive formal training in various types of educational programs, lasting from one to four years. In addition to training in the various radiology modalities, radiology technology students also study human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and other pertinent subjects.
Once a radiology technology student completes training in an approved training program, he/she may undergo additional study or training in order to specialize in a particular modality, such as CT scans or MRIs and nuclear medicine.
Radiology technologists are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Nurses are often used for more complex radiology procedures, such as interventional procedures requiring sedation of the patient, or procedures requiring intravenous (IV) administration of medications, contrast, and/or nuclear substances. Nurses may be responsible for assessing and documenting patient status, conferring with the radiologist for specific patient care needs, and providing educational information to patients related to their radiology procedure. MCCH Radiology has two radiology nurses which are very valuable to us.