What We Do
We are the technologists who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. So, if you have ever had an x-ray, scan, MRI, nuclear medicine procedure or radiation therapy, you have been in contact with an MRT. Technologists also work in interventional radiology, assisting with procedures that use imaging to guide catheters, balloons, stents and other tools through the body to diagnose and treat disease without open surgery. We can be found in emergency departments, operating rooms, mobile breast screening vans as well as diagnostic imaging departments and clinics.
As MRTs, we provide service to both the public and private sectors within the Canadian healthcare system. Our key role is in diagnosis and treatment, and we serve as advisors to radiologists, radiation oncologists and other healthcare providers.
Because we deal with patients on the front lines, we also serve as patient advocates and educators. Some of us are also healthcare researchers, technical and therapy specialists, and interdisciplinary consultants.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Nuclear medicine technologists carry out diagnostic imaging and some treatment procedures in hospitals or private medical clinics. They obtain the images that help pinpoint the nature of a disease and how it is affecting the body. Their work also enables doctors to monitor a patient's response to treatment.
Nuclear medicine involves the use of radiopharmaceuticals to evaluate the function of specific organs enabling treatment and management of disease.
Some of the main uses of nuclear medicine are to:
- Evaluate coronary disease;
- Study how the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs are functioning;
- Determine the location of tumours;
- Monitor the progression of cancer and the results of cancer treatments;
- Diagnose hormonal disorders.
As part of their professional duty, nuclear medicine technologists:
- EXPLAIN the procedure to patients
- CONTRIBUTE to patient education
- PREPARE radiopharmaceutical
- PROTECT patients, staff and visitors from radiation
- ENSURE proper radiation handling and protection techniques are followed
- ADMINISTER the radiopharmaceutical
- POSITION the patients
- PERFORM the procedure
- ASSESS patients during procedures
- COMFORT patients and provide emotional support
- ANALYZE and EVALUATE PROCEDURES
For more information on other MRT disciplines, click on its link below.Radiological Technologists
Magnetic Resonance Technologists