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CE for Radiologic Technologists

CE for Radiologic Technologists

Cindy Mehallow | Monster Contributing Writer

The convenience of these on-demand courses is a big draw, says Richard Terrass, MEd, RT, director of the graduate program in medical imaging at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. “Some of these courses generate the certificate immediately, printing it out if the user passes the post-test,” he says. “That’s good for procrastinators.”

Tried-and-true home-study courses, as well as directed readings from scholarly journals and official radiology association publications are offline options as time allows. CD-ROMs often represent updated, interactive versions of these CE standbys. Some offer enhanced graphics you can manipulate.

While effective, videotapes are losing popularity because of high production costs and healthcare professionals’ preference for the interactivity of computer-based learning.

Phantom Patients

Some radiology equipment manufacturers have developed computer-operated interactive learning labs complete with phantom patients. In these simulated imaging centers, radiology professionals use imaging equipment to work through an entire scenario. As they move step-by-step through each procedure, a computer adjusts to and reports on the results of users’ actions. The equipment does not emit radiation but otherwise works as it would in a radiology setting.

Pressing the Flesh

Nothing beats the human touch of association conferences, workshops, courses and lectures. “In-person learning is always valuable,” Kraker says. “It’s interactive, and you can ask questions.”

Gatherings such as the ASRT’s annual Radiation Therapy Conference have much to offer RTs. Held concurrently with the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology conference, the ASRT meeting offers healthcare professionals approved CE classes, plus intellectual stimulation, networking, a variety of conference topics and access to renowned specialists. In the exhibit halls, you can meet with leading vendors, recruiters and potential employers, which is impossible with home study.

With so many options available, it’s easier than ever to meet CE requirements and stay current in your field. “Truly, in medicine, if you’re not constantly learning, you’re not providing the best care,” Kruse says.

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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