Did you know that the man who discovered x-rays was color blind?
Yes, he was. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen was working a tube that was the forerunner of fluorescents and the neon sign. This tube was called the Crooks tube and when Roentgen was doing experiments, he noticed the tube glowing. This led to many more experiments and on November 8, 1895, x-rays were discovered. The term X was used to denote the unknown.
I have been a Registered Radiologic Technologist since 1978. Just as the pioneers of our field, I have seen great changes. I have seen the beginning uses of CT scans and ultrasound. Back in 1978, those modalities were cutting edge.
As our field as matured, we have the need for many different specialties. Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist is one of those. As an LMRT, you are limited by only what exams you may perform. You are never limited in your ability to help another person, whether that is a patient or a colleague. An LMRT learns basic medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, radiation sciences, radiation protection, film processing and equipment. We learn some Medical Assisting skills to better serve our patients in the setting we are employed. We are generally state licensed and hold ourselves to a high degree of professionalism. One of the most enjoyable things for me about our field is being able to obtain images with less than text book cases. It is a challenge for me to present an image to the physician that shows what they need under less than perfect situation.
LMRT programs can be a final career, or the beginning of a lifelong learning experience in the medical field. This is only the start. One can follow by getting their Radiologic Technologist certification then on to areas such as Radiation Therapy, MRI, CT, Mammography, The list is long. Success is a journey, not a destination. It offers a sense of helping others while being able to provide for your family.
As Estee Lauder said, “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it”
Charlotte Swenson, LMRT Degree Program Chair, CHCP – Austin Campus