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Meet Your MRT

MRTBlog

Laura Anderson, Andrea Milbury, Ashley Montague, Madison Plant, Natalie Wallace and Cheyenne Wilson, fourth year students at Horizon's The Moncton Hospital School of Radiologic Technology

"Hello/Bonjour, I am a student X-ray Technologist who will be taking your X-rays today."

This is how we greet each patient we provide care to.

If you've received an X-Ray, mammogram, CT scan, nuclear medicine test or MRI, you've heard a similar greeting to let you know you are being cared for by a Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT).

MRT can be a bit confusing, and as a patient you may not see much of the work an MRT does, however, we are an essential link in your health care team.  

Let's break it down.

The MRT profession consists of four disciplines: radiography, nuclear medicine, MRI and radiation therapy.

Horizon's The Moncton Hospital and Saint John Regional Hospital are teaching hospitals for the radiography discipline where students actively learn the importance of becoming an MRT.

Here are a few things we want you to know about our chosen career:

  • We use highly-technical, complex and advanced equipment to ensure accurate, effective results. As a result, our education is both intensive and specialized.
  • To perform radiography exams, we acquire extensive knowledge about human anatomy, radiation safety and the variety of technologies that are required for these services.
  • We know how to manipulate the body to accurately see what needs to be seen, whether it be for diagnosis of a broken bone or insertion of a hip replacement.
  • The work we do is both demanding and rewarding, with every day bringing a new and different experience.
  • We are highly adaptable to new situations and environments. Being professional, efficient, organized and a team player are essential to our role.
  • We deliver education to our patients and advocate for them to get the best care possible.

As students, we have learned patient care is one of the most important factors of our profession. We pride ourselves on providing top notch patient care. This can take the form of telling a patient the next step of their care or providing physical or emotional comfort in their time of need.

We do not have as much one-on-one time with patients as other professions, however, the time we do spend is important.

A short mammography screening can help detect early breast cancer, the five-minute chest X-ray can explain why a patient is having trouble breathing and a quick CT scan can help determine just how extensive the damage is to a patient's brain following a stroke.

We are a vital part of your health care team who help discover the issues used to diagnose and treat you.

And you can find us almost anywhere: the Diagnostic Imaging department, an operating room or in a women's health clinic. Next time you find yourself getting one of these tests, be sure to say hello to your MRT!

Learn more about MRT and the various diagnostic imaging careers by visiting the NBAMRT website.

The Moncton Hospital School of Radiologic Technology and Saint John School of Radiological Technology partner with the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) to deliver a 4-year Bachelor of Health Sciences in Radiography.  Graduates of the program become radiological (X-ray) technologists.

 

 

 

 

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