A career as a Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT)
What does a Medical Radiation Technologist do?
MRTs are pivotal in the delivery of modern medicine. There are two categories of MRT: diagnostic and therapeutic.
Diagnostic MRTs employ a range of different imaging techniques and sophisticated equipment to produce high quality images of an injury or disease. Diagnostic MRTs will perform the x-ray imaging to facilitate the referrer to correctly treat the patient. They use a range of techniques including:
• X-rays • Ultrasound • Fluoroscopy • CT (computed tomography) • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) • Nuclear medicine • Angiography
Radiation Therapists play a vital role in the delivery of radiotherapy services. They are the only healthcare professionals qualified to plan and deliver radiotherapy. RTs work closely with clinical oncologists, medical physicists and engineers.
RTs are responsible for the planning and delivery of accurate radiotherapy treatments using a wide range of technical equipment. The accuracy of these are critical to treat the tumour and destroy the diseased tissue, while minimising the amount of exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.