Letter to the editor: Thanks to radiologic technologists
During these challenging times and in the midst of a global health crisis, who are our frontline heroes?
You might be surprised to learn that radiologic technologists play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
Chest X-rays and CT scans are critical diagnostic tools in identifying the pneumonia-like complications of coronavirus. When patients are placed on ventilators for breathing assistance, radiologic technologists perform imaging procedures so appropriate placement can be verified.
Each of these imaging procedures is performed by a professional known as a radiologic technologist. Radiation therapists are also essential workers on the frontlines in the fight against cancer. Their work with oncology patients is crucial, and it continues every day, even during a pandemic.
So let’s give a big salute to the doctors, nurses and other hardworking health care professionals. But here’s a special tip of the hat to the more than 3,000 registered and certified radiologic technologists making a difference for patients every day in the state of Kansas.
To us, they’re unsung heroes, and we offer our heartfelt thanks for everything they do.
Harmony Ibarra (president of Kansas Society of Radiologic Technologists), Junction City