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Letter to Editor - By Kristi Rulli, President
During these challenging times and in the midst of a global health crisis, who are our frontline heroes?
You might be surprised to learn that radiologic technologists play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
Chest x-rays and CT scans are critical diagnostic tools in identifying the pneumonia-like complications of coronavirus; Interventional Radiology is used to treat life-threatening clots in the lungs When patients are placed on ventilators for breathing assistance, radiologic technologists perform imaging procedures so appropriate placement can be verified and treatment can be delivered.
Each of these imaging procedures is performed by a professional known as a radiologic technologist. Radiation therapists are also essential workers on the frontlines in the fight against cancer. Their work with oncology patients is crucial, and it continues every day, even during a pandemic.
So let us give a big salute to the doctors, nurses and other hardworking health care professionals. But here is a special tip of the hat to the more than 6,000 registered and certified radiologic technologists making a difference for patients every day in the state of Kentucky.
To us, they are unsung heroes, and we offer our heartfelt thanks for everything they do.
Kristi S. Rulli, DHSc, President
Kentucky Society of Radiologic Technologists
Member, American Society of Radiologic Technologists