Medical Imaging/Radiology

Radiologic Technologist

The Radiologic Technologist, or radiographer, produces medical images to be interpreted by a radiologist or other physician. The radiographer may also administer non-radioactive materials to patients to aid in the visualization of certain body parts. The radiographer is required to follow the strict order of the physician in the performance of examinations and may not alter the order without the physician's approval. The radiographer must practice radiation safety in the work environment for patients, visitors and colleagues, maintain equipment, records and prepare patients for their examination. He or she must complete an approved program of training that will lead to either a certificate, Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in radiography. Individuals considering radiography as a career must be willing to perform patient care duties, including toileting and the starting of IVs. The candidate needs to have a solid foundation in science and computers to succeed as the technology in the radiology departments has advanced with most facilities utilizing digital image capture. After the completion of a radiography program some radiographers will continue their education to specialize in CT scanning, MRI scanning, Mammography or Special Procedures. Employment in the state of NJ requires that the technologist have a radiographer license from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Shore Medical Center has a School of Radiologic Technology that prepares students for the National Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination. For more information on accredited and approved educational programs for Radiologic Technologists, please visit Jrcert.org.

Sonographer

The Sonographer is an individual who produces medical images for interpretation utilizing sound waves via a transducer to image and measure organs, tumors, as well as cardiac and vascular structures within the body. Since there is no radiation present, this imaging modality is used during pregnancy to evaluate the growth and development of the fetus or check for multiples. Shore Medical Center serves as a clinical site for students on clinical rotations from Gloucester County College and Thomas Jefferson University School of Health Professions. For more information on accredited and approved educational programs for Sonographers, please visit Jrcdms.org.

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

The Nuclear Medicine Technologist is an individual who utilizes radio-isotopes to study the function of organs. Since each radioisotope is tagged for collection by a particular organ or group of organs, the technologist utilizes a camera to gather data from the patients "uptake" of the isotope. Nuclear Medicine Technologists utilize both dynamic and static images to provide medical images for diagnosis and interpretation. There are two paths to become a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. The first is a dedicated program that provides a comprehensive program to develop a technologist, usually in an Associate Degree program. The second path is an extra year of training for an individual who has achieved the Radiologic Technologist education and is extending his/her education into this more advanced field. Shore Memorial serves as a clinical site for students on clinical rotations from Gloucester County College and Thomas Jefferson University School of Health Professions. For more information on accredited and approved educational programs for Nuclear Medicine Technologists, please visit Jrcnmt.org.

Radiation Therapist

The Radiation Therapist is specially trained to deliver radiation therapy utilizing a linear accelerator to patients with cancer. The Radiation Therapist is a member of the Radiation Oncology team comprised of the therapists, a radiation oncologist and a dosimetrist. The Therapist will participate in the planning of the radiation therapy delivery, maintenance of treatment records, as well as the education of patients undergoing therapy. The therapist will treat the patient five days per week for two to nine weeks, depending on the treatment plan. During this time, the therapist needs to be aware of the physical and emotional well being of the patient. If any adverse affects are observed, appropriate personnel may be added to the team such as a dietitian, social worker or registered nurse to meet the patient's needs. There are two paths to become a Radiation Therapist. The first is a dedicated program that provides a comprehensive program to develop a therapist, either in a Bachelor's Degree, Associate's Degree or certificate program. The second path is an extra year of training for an individual who has achieved the Radiologic Technologist education and is extending his/her education into this more advanced field. For more information on accredited and approved educational programs for Radiation Therapists, please visit Aart.org.

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