Tag: medical imaging

Nuclear Medicine CQR and Structured Education

Female X-ray technician

By: CE4RT


To ensure quality healthcare, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) has implemented a system of periodic evaluation consisting of Structured Education and Continuing Qualification Requirements (CQR). Radiologic Technologists certified before January 1, 2011, are not affected by these new requirements. Technologists who were certificate on or after 1/1/2011 receive a time-limited 10-year license. Once the 10 years are up, certification can be renewed for another 10 years by completing the CQR process. In addition, compliance with the ARRT rules and regulations includes an annual renewal process and biennial continuing education requirements. R.T.s in Nuclear Medicine require specific CE credits related to their certification. The ARRT calls this structured education.

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An X-Ray Tech’s Guide to Radiography in Obese Patients

Chest X-ray obtained in an obese patient

By: CE4RT

Obese patients are at risk for increased radiation exposure due to the increase in radiation needed to penetrate tissue, the risk for repeat exams due to difficult positioning and technique, an incompatibility with existing equipment, and because obese patients suffer from health conditions which require radiologic procedures more than the average public.

 

 

A 57 year old man who weighed 490 lb (223 kg). Chest radiograph shows limited diagnostic quality image with poor X-ray penetration and poor visualization of lung bases.

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