This post was contributed by Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors
We’re nearing the end of National Radiologic Technology Week®, a celebration of colleagues that are near and dear to us (as radiologists), to the 32 radiologic technologists on staff at the ACR, and most importantly – to our patients.
The contributions of radiologic technologists have been invaluable to radiography, other diagnostic imaging modalities, interventional radiology and radiation oncology. In addition to their scientific capabilities, technologists embody empathy every day during their constant interactions with patients, in step with radiologists who aspire to the principles of Imaging 3.0 and patient-centered practice.
The theme of this year’s celebration, led by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), is “Powerful Together.” Indeed, achieving patient care that is personalized, compassionate, comprehensive and safe requires collaboration between radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, medical physicists and technologists.
One recent example: the ACR works collaboratively with other stakeholders including the ASRT, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and the Society of Radiology Physician Extenders (SRPE). We advocated for Radiologists Assistants (R.R.A.s and RPAs) to be able to perform diagnostic tests for Medicare patients under a direct level of physician supervision to the extent permitted by state law and state scope of practice regulation – and thanks to the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule released Nov. 1, they can. This is a victory for Medicare patients, because it will help reduce wait times. It’s a victory for radiology care teams because it will reduce the regulatory burden and enable radiologists to perform more complex cases and concentrate on the final interpretation of images and RA performed studies.
If you use social media, I encourage you to explore the hashtags #NRTW, #NRTW18 and #RadTechWeek to see the many faces of those making a difference for patients every day. Technologists are a passionate, committed group of professionals, and we are privileged to work together to advance medical innovation and the highest quality care.
Thank you for being part of this team!
- How are you and your radiologic technologists working together to improve patient care?
- This week, ask your radiologic technologists what they love most about their role, and/or anything they wish could be improved. It might start a dialogue that could change the way you work!
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