Blog - November 2016

Celebrating Rad Techs

Posted on November 10, 2016 in general radiology

In the world of radiology, it’s a special week: among many things we’re celebrating our “rad techs” (that would be short for “radiological technologist” and “radically great person!”). We would like to publicly thank them for the work they do - their work is the heart of the radiology office, and their heartfelt work each and every day deserves the special recognition of this week.

Rad techs are truly “rad” in all senses of the word. The job they do requires knowledge, lifelong study, dedication, attention to detail, compassion and patience - lots of patience in dealing with often demanding radiologists! Our technologists are specialists in what they do. They are specialists, too in the way they do their jobs. Their smiling faces put patients, young and old, at ease. Their compassion and dedication shine.

 

Technology is amazing - we have come so far since Roentgen’s discovery of the x-ray long ago. But technology is not the most powerful part of radiology - our technologists and all of our dedicated staff fill that role every day. Our technologists make sure we get the best study possible, with the best information to get the right answers for our patients and their referring doctors.

 

Patients often tell us how much they appreciate the techs on our team. How much their extra care meant. How much that smile and compassion helped them.

 

Helping others is at the heart of their work. When they say they love their jobs, it is true. And we are so grateful and lucky to work with them.

 

As doctors we get to see up-close the dedication, the expertise in practice, the kind demeanors even on the hard days. So, this week we want them to know, we appreciate all that they do. Our rad techs are the best~!


 

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International Day of Radiology: From Discovering X-rays to Discovering Ways to Fight Cancer

Posted on November 8, 2016 in general radiology

This is a special time for our profession as we celebrate National Radiologic Technology Week. Today specifically is the International Day of Radiology - and this year’s focus is on the lives saved through mammography. Every year, early detection saves literally hundreds of thousands of people.

 

November 8th, 2016 is the 121st anniversary of the first x-ray, (thanks, Wilhelm Röntgen!). Changes in radiology and imaging over the years since Röntgen’s discovery have drastically impacted the practice of medicine.

 

Mammography came to popular use in the 1960’s, making earlier detection of breast cancer possible. The routine use of screening has changed the way we find and treat breast cancer, making living with breast cancer increasingly likely. Mammography, breast imaging and imaging guided biopsies have all had a huge impact on this disease.  Much success, much to be proud of, but with an estimated 40,000 women dying from breast cancer this year, the fight is not yet won.

 

Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, was only recently FDA-approved - within the past few years. This new advanced mammography tool has further improved our ability to find cancers at an earlier, more treatable stage. It also makes it easier for radiologists to distinguish normal non-cancerous variations in breast tissue, meaning fewer workups.

 

Mammography is one of the hardest tasks radiologists face, but knowing lives are saved is one of  things that keeps us going and striving to do better. We get to help save lives… what a privilege!

 

The practice of radiology, especially breast imaging, continues to grow and improve. We can change patients’ lives for the better in ways Röntgen couldn’t have dreamed of. Just as we have witnessed improving technologies across our careers, we know to anticipate amazing, unimaginable things in the future.

 

Today, we celebrate the technology that allows us to do what we love: center our focus on you, and your best possible breast health.

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