Technologists and Nurses in Radiology
When patients have an imaging study performed they mostly interact with our radiology technologists and radiology nurses, and less frequently, with one of our radiology physicians. Our radiology technologists and nurses are critical and well trained professionals within the hospital.
Radiology Nurses have special training in radiology interventional procedures and in how to provide and assist in emergency care and conscious sedation in radiology. Many are members of the Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing. More information about careers in Radiology Nursing can be found on several websites, such as discovernursing.com and also nursewithoutborders.com.
All of our radiology technologist are certified by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), and you can read more about what they do on the ASRT web site. Additional subspecialty certification also exists for Mammography and Computed Tomography (CT) and all of our technologists working in those areas have obtained it. We are also considering getting our MRI Technologists certified in near future.
Registered radiologic technologists — known as "RTs" — must complete at least two years of formal education in an accredited hospital-based program or a two- or four-year educational program at an academic institution and must pass a national certification examination. To remain registered, they must earn continuing education credits.
Radiologic technologists who perform imaging examinations are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury. For the images to be interpreted correctly by the radiologist, the imaging examination must be performed properly by a radiologic technologist.
Howard University Hospital has board certified Technologists in various radiologic specialties such as:
- Diagnostic Radiography (X-Ray)
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear Medicine (NM)
- Vascular Interventional Radiography (VIR)
Howard University Hospital radiology has state-of-the art imaging equipment, allowing our technologists to work in an ideal modern environment.
Our Hospital motto is “Howard CARES for You Like Family, Because You are". CARES = Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Excellence, and Service. The objective of the CARES initiative is to inspire a culture of engagement within Health Sciences that supports an Extraordinary Experience for both internal and external customers. Our radiology technologists adhere to this CARES motto.
The profession of Radiology is considered a high tech field and our Technologists’ are given the opportunity to remain current on the latest technologies through continuing educational seminars, webinars, and lectures.
Howard University Hospital does not have a general radiography technology training program; however; we have affiliations with community colleges who are accredited by the Joint Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT); American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) and American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). We presently train students from:
These students complete clinical components of their education at Howard University Hospital by affiliation agreements.
We also help train future Radiation Therapists for Radiation Oncology, via the Department of Radiation Therapy, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Howard university. The radiology faculty helps Dr. Duerinckx teach the course on “Sectional Anatomy” (Course RASC 314) in their curriculum. More information about this training program and course can be obtained from: Mrs Adrienne Harrison, MS, RT(T) at (202) 806-5920, as well as on their website.
Job openings and opportunities for technologists are listed on the Howard University Hospital Human Resources web site.
A digital library of free Radiology Ebooks and Radiology Apps and Radiology Podcasts: http://www.radiologyebooks.com/