The Diagnostic Imaging (DI) team is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of several individuals. Each member is highly trained and committed to continuing education in their profession. Each discipline plays a critical role in delivering seamless, quality healthcare.
Medical Radiation Technologists (MRT)
Medical radiation technologists (MRT) are a highly-skilled group of individuals who have specialized training in numerous diagnostic imaging modalities. The modalities include Radiography (which includes X-ray, Computed Tomography (CT), Mammography, and Bone Mineral Density), Nuclear Medicine, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The MRT must also use interpersonal and patient-centered care skills to ensure a complete understanding of the procedure and the next step on the continuum of care. MRTs are also present to assist radiologists during interventional procedures.
Sonographers are diagnostic medical professionals who operate ultrasonic imaging devices to produce diagnostic images, scans, videos, or 3D volumes of anatomy and diagnostic data. Sonographers require specialized education and skills to view, analyze and modify the scan to optimize the information in the image.
Radiologists are physicians who are specialized in interpreting images. They have undergone extensive, specialized training in understanding medical images. They use Radiography, Computed Tomography (CT) scans, Nuclear Medicine (radioactive substance injection), Ultrasounds and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to examine patients and diagnose diseases.
Radiologists connect medical image findings with other exams, prescribe and administer treatment, while recommending further testing and liaising with the referring physician. Radiologists also use radiation minimally-invasive, image-guided surgery to treat diseases.
A DI nurse provides physical, mental and emotional support to patients undergoing procedures in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. In addition to caring for the patient, the nurse ensures the patient has a good understanding of the procedure. Nurses also engage families by keeping them included in the process.
Nurses are an integral part of the Diagnostic Imaging Department as they can assist the Radiologist with monitoring the patient’s condition during a procedure and with the administration of medication, when necessary.
Our clerical team is here to help you make and arrange your appointments. They are your first point-of-contact when you enter the department and will assist you in ensuring you are fully prepared for your upcoming test or procedure.
Southlake Regional Health Centre is committed to training the brightest and the best, for today and the future. Each year, a variety of healthcare students assist in the Diagnostic Imaging Department to gain first-hand experience.