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X-Ray Technician Skills and Equipment Management Training

| July 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Biomedical equipment technicians or BMETs represent a growing class of technically trained personnel whose primary responsibility is the maintenance and repair of medical imaging equipment such as x-ray, ultrasound, CT scanners, MRI, laser technology and so on. The career path for BMETs appears to be changing as rapidly as medical imaging equipment is changing.

Schools that at one time focused solely on the training and education of X-Ray technicians and radiology technologists are now scrambling to make room for this expanding medical specialty. Some enterprising students are combining the training for the two separate fields in order to make themselves more marketable and to have a better competitive edge when applying for certain choice job opportunities.

First and foremost, the demand for both BMETs and x-ray technicians is growing. This growth is fueled both by the growth in new medical imaging equipment and technologies that require BMET expertise, and by the need for increasing the revenue streams by institutions that own medical imaging equipment.

As institutions such as hospitals recognize that downtime or non-usage on an important and expensive piece of medical imaging equipment affects revenue generation, there is pressure to add technicians, per medical blog, to hospital staff to assure that all medical imaging equipment is not only being used correctly but is also maintained in good order and that expensive service contracts are used as minimally as possible.

The U.S. Department of Labor as well as the Association for the Advancement of Medical imaging predict, that the number of BMET and x-ray technician jobs in the US will increase from 24% to 31% through the first year of this new century.

Why is Medical Imaging so Important?

One of the major benefits of medical imaging is the early detection of diseases. Breast and other cancers are spotted early on through mammograms and the like. Even without having to touch a patient, physicians and medical practitioners are able to see a detailed view of such things as broken bones through x-rays.

Changes in the internal organs and blood vessels are recognized through ultrasound technology. These are but a few of the technological advantages of medical imaging. The whole human body can be explored and new approaches for diseases opened for treatment especially at their fundamental or early stages.

CAT Scans, Mammography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are some of the most common medical imaging methods readily available to patients nowadays. These methods are routinely used throughout hospitals and health laboratories to detect heart diseases, cancer and other internal body complications.

More complicated and unfortunately, expensive methods also available are, electron microscopy, nuclear medicine, fluoroscopy, photo acoustic imaging, positron emission tomography (PET), projection radiography, ultrasound and tomography.