Medical Radiologic (X-ray) Technologists produce images of a body part or system using equipment that emits x-rays. This program develops the skills required to perform diagnostic/interventional imaging procedures using ionizing radiation and diagnostic imaging equipment.
The profession of radiological technologist involves a broad variety of procedures and covers a number of specialties including:
- General radiography, i.e., X-rays of the chest, bones, joints, gastrointestinal studies, and spine
- Mammography to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages
- Angiography to examine the heart, blood vessels, and blood flow
- Fluoroscopy, i.e., real-time images that show movement
- Computerized tomography (CT scans),
(.e., detailed cross-sectional images of the body)
As part of their professional duty, technologists:
- Explain the procedure to patients
- Answer questions as fully as possible
- Contribute to patient education
- Comfort patients and provide emotional support
- Position patients and equipment correctly
- Ensure patients, staff, and visitors are protected from radiation
- Monitor patients during the procedure
- Assist the radiologist for angiographs and interventional procedures
- Operate the equipment
Medical Radiation Technology is a science that is based on advanced technology and human compassion. As an integral part of the medical team, MRT’s use their knowledge of physics, human anatomy and physiology, and radiation to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Medical Radiation Technology require individuals with excellent interpersonal skills; a caring nature and genuine interest in the well-being of others, computer and technical competence; strong problem-solving skills, a solid work ethic, strong sense of responsibility and ability to function as part of a team.
Medical technologies are rapidly changing, thus providing a career with never-ending challenges.
Training & Education Routes
Red River College
Medical Radiologic Technologist Program Overview
- Two-year diploma
- August entry date
- Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg and several clinical training hospitals
- Clinical work experience
- Nationally accredited by the Canadian Medical Association
- Graduates are eligible to challenge the national exams of the CAMRT
Due to high demand, this program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.
You may be interested in a career in Medical Radiologic Technology if you:
- Desire to work in a medical environment
- Are compassionate and motivated to help the sick and injured
- Have a strong academic background, especially in science
- Have an aptitude for effective communication
- Are able to cope with constant changes in technology and in your work environment
Most graduates are employed in hospitals and medical clinics. Some graduates are working in related teaching, management, and research positions. Others are employed as application specialists, technical advisors, or representatives for diagnostic imaging equipment and supply manufacturers.
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