For Bayhealth’s radiologic technologists, each day provides the unique opportunity to use some of the most innovative equipment in the medical field and connect with patients one-on-one.
Radiologic technologists, often referred to as “rad techs,” specialize in breast imaging, computed tomography (CT), cardiac-interventional procedures, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, ultrasound, radiation therapy and general diagnostic radiology. They help identify pathologies, plan and administer treatment and restore patient health.
The technology behind common procedures such as CT and MRI provides an alternative to exploratory surgery. Physicians and other specialists can gain a detailed understanding of a patient’s condition through less invasive techniques than those used in the past.
Betsy Freidel, RT(R)(M), mammography technologist, has been providing mammograms at Bayhealth since 1988. She has been a firsthand witness to the incredible leaps in technology that make it possible for many cancers to be discovered earlier.
Over the years, the standard has moved from xerography to film, and most recently to digital mammography.
“The use of digital mammography has enhanced Bayhealth's ability to detect breast cancer at its earliest stage. Early detection is a vital component in the successful treatment of breast cancer,” Freidel said.
Getting a mammogram can be a scary experience for many, and Freidel welcomes the chance to reassure, explain, and comfort patients through the process.
Working with patients and their families is also what inspires Mabel Marshall, BSRTR, CT, M, CT supervisor, with Bayhealth since 1994. A CT scan may be recommended if a patient has a headache or stomach pain without an obvious cause.
“Sometimes a CT scan takes a long time, and we need to help families understand why this is important to the patient. In many cases, CT gives us a chance to see inside the body without having to cut it open,” Marshall explained.
CT is focused on diagnosis. Marshall and others like her work with physicians such as internists and radiologists to find out what is causing a patient’s symptoms.
Once the root cause is identified, the patient is moved into treatment with appropriate providers.
Bayhealth’s radiologic technologists link cutting-edge technologies with personalized patient care.
We honor them during National Radiologic Technologist Week, November 3-9, 2013. This annual celebration takes place during the week of Nov. 8, the day that German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the x-ray in 1895.