What We Do
We are the technologists who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. So, if you have ever had an x-ray, scan, MRI, nuclear medicine procedure or radiation therapy, you have been in contact with an MRT. Technologists also work in interventional radiology, assisting with procedures that use imaging to guide catheters, balloons, stents and other tools through the body to diagnose and treat disease without open surgery. We can be found in emergency departments, operating rooms, mobile breast screening vans as well as diagnostic imaging departments and clinics.
As MRTs, we provide service to both the public and private sectors within the Canadian healthcare system. Our key role is in diagnosis and treatment, and we serve as advisors to radiologists, radiation oncologists and other healthcare providers.
Because we deal with patients on the front lines, we also serve as patient advocates and educators. Some of us are also healthcare researchers, technical and therapy specialists, and interdisciplinary consultants.
MRTs are an essential link to providing patients with accurate diagnostic images or radiation-related treatments. We are professionals who work in four different disciplines, using the best ethical practices and specialized clinical skills.
As Radiological Technologists we produce images of body parts and systems by performing and assisting with exams in general x-ray, CT, breast imaging, operating room and other specialized procedures. We are expert in the operation of complex medical radiation equipment, while providing comprehensive, compassionate care to each patient.
As Radiation Therapists we are responsible for — and expert in — planning and administering radiation treatment using complex medical radiation equipment for cancer patients. We offer ongoing care and support to patients and their families during the course of treatment.
As Nuclear Medicine Technologists we have technical expertise in the use of radiopharmaceuticals and radiation physics, allowing us to perform diagnostic imaging procedures with sophisticated technology. Our use of exceptional quality assurance techniques provides for patient safety and comfort.
As Magnetic Resonance Technologists we produce diagnostic images using equipment that generates radio waves and a strong magnetic field. Extensive knowledge of physics, anatomy, pathology and physiology allows MRI technologists to obtain images, while monitoring and caring for patients during scans.
For more information on each of the four MRT disciplines, click on its link below.Radiological Technologists
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Magnetic Resonance Technologists