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Initials or Credentials? What Do Those Letters Mean?

Ever wonder what’s behind the name? What those letters mean? Most of us are familiar with MD beside our physician’s name, but what about the letters after the names of the technologists who performs your imaging procedure? When you visit a Wake Radiology office, you’ll notice each employee wearing a badge that includes our new logo and a photo of the employee along with their name, credentials, and primary job title. Throughout the years, patients and family members have often asked what our credentials mean. Let’s start at the beginning.

The RT(R) stands for registered radiologic technologist. This title is awarded by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) when a healthcare professional completes classroom and clinical education requirements, passes the national ARRT examination, and meets all ethical requirements stated by the ARRT.

To maintain accreditation with the ARRT, radiologic technologists are required to earn 24 continuing education credits every two years. By engaging in continuing education, we are encouraged and motivated to keep up with changes in our profession.

At Wake Radiology, you’ll notice that many of the radiologic technologists at have many more credentials after their RT(R) such as mammography (M), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine (NM), positron emission tomography (PET) or bone densitometry (BD). Also, you may see registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS) or certified bone density technologist (CBDT).  These credentials indicate that technologists have received training and met additional standards in these areas.

So, the next time you have a procedure at Wake Radiology, take a close look at our badges!

Wake Radiology extends a special thank you to Angie!

We are extremely proud that all of our technologists have met the ARRT standards and remain in good standing with continued training and education. We believe this expertise is a primary reason why our patients receive high quality images. The accuracy of the interpretation and diagnosis made by our radiologists is dependent on receiving well positioned, quality images. Our technologists ensure this happens reducing the need for additional tests and while providing compassionate, reassuring care.

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