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Establishing Patient Rapport During Mammograms

By: Stacey Nester

You never know what might be going on inside of a woman at the time of her mammogram. Therefore, in order to create positive patient rapport, each woman should be approached openly by the technologist with the awareness that she may have concerns that extend beyond the fact that her breasts are about to be made into pancakes. It seems that this less than modest exam brings to surface other emotional concerns that may be causing distress in a patient.

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5 keys for Digital Radiography



Computed Radiography (CR) and Direct Radiography (DR), are now the standard at most hospitals and imaging centers. There are some key concepts that every X-Ray tech should know about these digital radiography systems.

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Sources of radiation, a reference for radiologic technologists

Man with sources of radiation


Since the beginning of time, all living creatures have been, and are still being, exposed to radiation. Nonetheless, most people are not aware of all the natural and man-made sources of radiation in our environment. Natural sources of radiation account for about 50 percent of human exposure, while man-made sources account for the remaining 50 percent. This article discusses various sources of radiation we find both man made and natural.

A worker holding a plutonium button. Plutonium, a man-made substance, was rare. Scraps resulting from production and plutonium recovered from retired nuclear weapons were reprocessed into valuable pure-plutonium metal.

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7 Ways for an RT to Make More Money



If you are working as a Radiologic Technologist, it may feel sometimes like your career options are limited. For some RTs, branching out into other specialties and fields is not an option. For those people working in x-ray, nuclear medicine, or sonography and are planning on staying there, there are a few options that can help you increase your income.

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Orphaned Radiation Sources – Info for Radiologic Technologists

Mexico radioactive theft information for X-ray techs


On December 2, 2013, a commercial truck containing a dismantled radiation treatment device was stolen in Mexico. The device contained a significant amount of the radioactive material Cobalt 60. A few days later, the device was recovered. At least 6 people were evaluated for radiation exposure, but it was reported that all tests were negative, indicating that the radioactive material was not released. It appears that a very dangerous radiation disaster was avoided.


When radiological disasters happen, the victims end up where radiologic technologists work, in the hospital. They may be contaminated with radioactive dust or shrapnel in their bodies and on their clothing. As a radiologic technologist, even though you mainly work with X-rays on a day-to-day basis, the other hospital staff and public will have a reasonable expectation that you will have a better understanding than most about how to deal with a radiation disaster safely.

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