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Medical Radiation Technologists

Other titles : clinical instructor, nuclear medicine, technical coordinator (radiology) (health and social services network, technologist, radiology, X-ray machine operator - medical

Details

Description :

This unit group includes technologists who operate radiographic and radiation therapy equipment to administer radiation treatment and produce images of body structures for the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease. They are employed in hospitals, cancer treatment centres, clinics and radiological laboratories.

Main duties :

Radiological technologists

  • operate X-ray, radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, computerized tomography (CT) scanners, mammography units and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to produce radiographs or anatomic images of the human body for the diagnosis by radiologists of disease or injury;
  • record and process patient data;
  • perform basic verification and quality control checks on radiographic and film processing equipment;
  • provide appropriate care for the patient during the radiographic examination.

Nuclear medicine technologists

  • prepare radiopharmaceuticals, such as radionuclides and other materials and administer them to patients or to biological samples;
  • operate radiation detection equipment, such as gamma cameras, scanners, scintillation counters, tomodensitomiters and ionization chambers, to acquire data for use by nuclear medicine physicians in the diagnosis of disease;
  • perform diagnostic procedures using radioactive materials on biological specimens, such as blood, urine and faeces;
  • record and process results of procedures;
  • check equipment to ensure proper operation;
  • provide appropriate care for the patient during the examination;
  • apply radiation protection measures;
  • may train and supervise student nuclear medicine technologists or supervise other nuclear medicine technologists.

Radiation therapists

  • operate linear accelerators, cobalt 60, X-ray and other radiation therapy equipment to administer radiation treatment prescribed by radiation oncologists;
  • check radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation;
  • assist radiation oncologists and clinical physicists with preparation of radiation treatment plan;
  • assist in the preparation of sealed radioactive materials such as cobalt, radium, cesium and isotopes and the construction of devices such as plaster casts and acrylic moulds to assist with administration of radiation treatment;
  • monitor the patient's physical and psychological well-being during the entire course of treatment;
  • advise the patient regarding side effects of radiation;
  • may train and supervise student radiotherapy technologists or supervise other radiotherapy technologists.
  • radiological technologist may specialized in areas such as computerized tomography, angiography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, interventional radiology, dosimetry, stereotaxy or brachytherapy.
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Mauricie
  • Estrie
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Côte-Nord
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Laval
  • Lanaudière
  • Laurentides
  • Montérégie
  • Centre-du-Québec

Training

Diploma of College Studies (DCS)

 

Programs

  • Technologie de médecine nucléaire
  • Technologie de radiodiagnostic
  • Technologie de radio-oncologie

 

Technologie de médecine nucléaire

(Training program available in French only)

Program length : 3 years

Program Objectives

Se familiariser avec les applications et les manipulations de radio-isotopes. Aider les médecins dans leur diagnostic, par l’utilisation d’appareils très spécialisés et par différentes techniques de laboratoire. Produire des examens tels que: captation, cartographie, appareils de comptage, de scintillation, etc.

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Technologie de radiodiagnostic

(Training program available in French only)

Program length : 3 years

Program Objectives 

Permettre de produire des documents radiographiques servant à établir un diagnostic précis. Connaissances théoriques et pratiques en anatomie, en pathologie, en renseignements cliniques et en appareillage. Devenir familier avec les techniques de développement des films et les méthodes de classement. Évaluer des situations d'urgence médicale et des mesures à prendre dans ces cas

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Technologie de radio-oncologie

(Training program available in French only)

Program length : 3 years

Program Objectives 

Utiliser les radiations ionisantes dans un but thérapeutique. Pour les techniciennes et techniciens, ceci implique une double responsabilité : technique, car ils doivent voir à l'application adéquate et précise du traitement prescrit par les radiothérapeutes; paramédicale, car ils contrôleront les réactions physiques et biologiques chez les bénéficiaires durant toute la durée des traitements. La manipulation de ces appareils est confiée à des techniciennes et techniciens compétents et responsables. Ils doivent donc en connaître les effets thérapeutiques, les dangers ainsi que les mesures de protection afin de pouvoir s'en servir avec précision et dextérité.

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