The FMDH Radiology Department provides a variety of diagnostic image testing ranging from basic X rays to complex MRI and CT scans. FMDH is committed to maintaining the technology necessary for our physicians to provide excellent patient care while practicing progressive medicine.
The Radiologic Technicians (RT) in the FMDH Radiology Department capture diagnostic images that must then be examined by a physician with specialized training in Radiology. FMDH is proud to have a full time Radiologist on staff. The Radiology Staff at FMDH is highly trained in capturing diagnositc images. Our radiological technicians must meet strict licensing requirements established by the state of Montana.
What makes an R.T. qualified to perform your exam?
Radiologic technologists use knowledge of physics, radiation protection, human anatomy, and a mastery of highly technical equipment to create medical images. They work closely with Radiologists, who are physicians trained to interpret the images. Medical imaging examinations often are the first tool doctors use to diagnose illness or injury so that treatment can begin.
To become certified, a radiologic technologist must complete at least 2 years of education in the radiologic sciences and pass a comprehensive national certification examination. Some states, including Montana, also require a practitioner to be licensed. Certified technologists are known as registered technologists and can use the credentials "R.T." after their names. To maintain certification and keep up advances in the profession, technologists must earn a minimum of 24 continuing education credits every two years.
What does it matter that a qualified R.T. takes your exam?
The one thing that all medical imaging procedures have in common is that they must be accurate and precise. An image is only as good as the person who takes it; a treatment is only as effective as the individual who administers it. How can you be sure that a qualified competent professional is performing your radiologic exam or procedure? Just ask. It is the minimum expectation of patient care that our staff introduce themselves to you when you are in our facility for services. So, when you meet the person who will perform your examination, ask them if they are licensed by the state or if they are certified by a national agency. In addition to asking about qualifications, you should ask questions about the procedure you're scheduled to receive. A competent Radiologic Technologist will be able to explain to you the procedures in detail, help you prepare for it, and tell you what to expect.