November 5, 2012
Lake Regional Health System celebrates National Radiologic Technology Week to honor the hard work and accomplishments of its radiologic technologists. NRTW is observed each year during the week that includes Nov. 8, the day that German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the X-ray in 1895.
The theme of the week, “It’s What’s Inside That Counts,” reflects not only the importance of diagnostic technology, but also of the dedication of radiologic technologists nationwide.
Radiologic technologists work with some of the most innovative equipment in the medical field to help identify pathologies, plan and administer treatment and restore patient health. Specialties in the field of radiologic technology include breast imaging, computed tomography, cardiac and peripheral interventional procedures, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, radiation therapy and general diagnostic radiology.
Staffed by more than 100 employees, the Lake Regional Diagnostic Imaging department performs approximately 100,000 procedures annually. Many of Lake Regional’s radiologic technologists have worked for the hospital for more than 20 years and have witnessed the growth of the department and rapid advances in imaging technology.
Lake Regional began providing diagnostic imaging services to the lake area in 1978. Since its formation, the department has grown to specialize in some of the most advanced medicine in the state, including digital mammography and 3-D reconstructive imaging.
National Radiologic Technology Week was created by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in 1979. For more information about the profession and the celebration, visit www.asrt.org. For more information about Lake Regional Diagnostic Imaging, visit lakeregional.com/Services.