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ASRT hosts consensus committee on the future of medical imaging and radiation therapy

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | February 28, 2024 Rad Oncology
Representatives from 18 radiologic science organizations met at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 19-20, for the Consensus Committee on the Future of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy.

Spearheaded by the ASRT, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the conference covered two core topics: addressing the current medical imaging and radiation therapy workforce shortage and developing career pathways for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.

Participants used survey data from the ASRT 2023 Professional Workforce Survey as a roadmap for discussions. The survey highlights data on a variety of topics, including the current workforce shortage, the radiation therapy advanced practice role and remote scanning practices.

According to a statement from the heads of the ASRT, ARRT and JRCERT, the committee’s work is a key step in addressing some critical issues facing the profession:

This think tank represented a variety of radiologic science organizations. It included accomplished professionals in education, accreditation, certification and clinical practice. It was inspiring to see these individuals address important issues, break down barriers and work collaboratively to ensure a bright future for the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession.

The consensus committee’s findings and recommendations will be outlined in a white paper scheduled to be published this spring.

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