Accreditation continue education, publishing professional journals, raising public awareness,

 

Accreditation
is the voluntary peer review with an educational institution or program that
one must meet a certain criterion to achieve agency grant recognition for
program of study. Essentials and guidelines or standards are created by the
board of the organizations known as joint review committee (JRC). Entry to an
accredited program involves applying to program, approval of application, and
self-study through the school standards. Joint Review Committee on Education in
Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) established in 1969 has accredited more than 750
programs in radiography, radiation therapy, medical dosimetry, and magnetic resonance
imaging. Certification organization is an examination of a specialized
professional skill one must achieve to gain agency grant recognition. Accreditation
deals with the school in the program but with certification it is solely the
persons responsibility to take the examination and pass. Certification exam
charges fees to take exam and annual fees occur thereafter to maintain
certification, but failure to achieve the exam requires one to retake exam, or return
to school to retake the program. Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification
Board (NMTCB) founded in 1977, is an example of a certification board who
examines and certifies eligible candidates and periodically publishes listing
of registrants. NMTCB has approximately 15,000 registrants, and offers
examinations for nuclear medicine technologists. Professional society is
interests of various groups to the public and to governmental bodies that helps
members continue education, publishing professional journals, raising public
awareness, conducting educational meeting, scholarship, and providing research
grants. American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) founded in 1920,
with over 140,000 members achieve to advance professions of radiologic
technology and imaging specialties, further welfare and socioeconomics of
radiologic technologists. A radiologist organization American Society for
Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology incorporated in November 18, 1958 is an
organization that extends benefits of radiation therapy to patients with cancer
or other disorders. The ASTRO organization provide education and research
through awards, travel grants, and accredited technology programs. ASTRO also
continues to work with other medical organizations and specialties to share
research and information that could someday lead to a cure for cancer.

Medical
radiation is the use of radiation in various forms to help diagnose and treat
medical conditions. Radiation which is energy transmitted by waves through
space or through a medium allows one to capture and analyze images to properly
treat patients, create anatomic images through sound waves (sonograms), and the
process of ionization which helps a neutral atom gain or lose an electron, thus
acquiring a net charge are some examples of how radiation helps us in the
medicine world. Medical radiation uses sources such as x-rays, computerized tomography,
and magnetic resonance imaging to detect images and sounds throughout the body.
The founding of radiologic technology is thanks to Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen who
invented x-rays. Wilhelm Conrad R?ntgen received a Nobel Prize in 1901 for his
report about his findings of x-rays in “On a New Kind of Rays”, to the Wurzburg
Physico-Medical Society. On November 8, 1895 R?ntgen produced an infamous image
of his wife hand supporting his finding of x-ray. The German physicist was
experimenting the electric current flow in partial evacuated glass tube that
held a cathode and anode, and realized the barium platinocyanide formed
fluorescent lighting. R?ntgen named his experiment x- radiation because x was
the term used in mathematics for the unknown which fit at the time, another
name used is roentgen rays. The Finding of the x-ray led to many different opportunities
in the field of radiologic technology that opened the door way for radiography,
nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, and many more. Opportunities in radiologic
technology that I would like to pursue is computed tomography (CT) it is the
recording of a predetermined plane in the body using an x-ray beam that is
measured, recorded, and then processed by a computer for display on monitor,
printed on film or transferred to a CD or DVD. Using specialized equipment and
expertise to create and interpret CT scans of the body, radiologists can more
easily diagnose problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious
disease, appendicitis, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.

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