WALKER: Discovering The Inside Story

A technologist prepares a patient for an MRI. Courtesy photo
 
 
By FREDERICK WALKER, M.A, RT (R)(N)
LAMC

The week of Nov. 8-14 is National Radiology Technology Week. This week-long celebration calls attention to the important role medical imaging plays in patient care and health care safety.

This week is especially important to the imaging field as it commemorates the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen Nov. 8, 1895.

Los Alamos Medical Center is home to a multi-disciplinary group of Radiologic Technologists. The imaging capabilities at LAMC include routine Radiology, Bone Densitometry (DEXA), Nuclear Medicine, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound and Mammography.

As the new imaging director, I want this department to transcend this year’s theme of “Discovering the Inside Story.” My goal is to have our technologists take this theme to heart and embrace the fact that we have the opportunity to take part in the health of so many people in this area. I want us to not only build our relationship with those on the hill, but also where people can come from the entire region to seek out quality healthcare.

One technologist who is doing her part to provide quality imaging services is Maleea Medina. Medina is a registered radiographer with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and also is working on her registry for Computed Tomography. She describes what this year’s theme and being a radiologic technologist means to her.

“This year’s theme has special meaning to me … our services, in most cases, can make the difference in ensuring that the patient’s healthcare needs are being met,” Medina said. “Every patient that comes through our door is seeking answers and we take pride in caring for them during their time of need. We are not only here to do our job of imaging, but also to provide a comfortable environment where a patient’s mind can be put at ease.”

 

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