November 7 to 13, 2021 is Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) Week where we acknowledge, celebrate and raise awareness of the essential role this profession plays in the health-care system.
MRTs deliver professional imaging and radiation-related treatment services with a caring touch, allowing patients to fully benefit from the latest in medical diagnostic and treatment technology.
At Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), MRTs are integral members of the medical imaging diagnostic health-care team. The range of procedures in radiography differ between sites and are largely based on the size of the hospital and / or the location. All VCH sites offer radiography imaging while the medium to larger sites also offer breast imaging, fluoroscopy and interventional radiography.
MRTs provide diagnostic imaging support in various areas including but not limited to emergency trauma, orthopaedics, neurosciences, intensive care, cardiac sciences, transplants and burns/plastic surgery.
Hear from our own MRTs:
Michael Milkovic is an x-ray and computerized tomography (CT) technologist and is currently the supervisor at Eagle Ridge Hospital for x-ray and CT scan.
"I really enjoy caring for patients and interacting with them," Michael said. "I like being able to use new technology and scanning techniques to help in their diagnosis and treatment and help them along their health-care journey."
As an MRT, Michael and his team sees patients who have been in serious accidents or are going through serious medical issues.
"Experiencing them come back for follow up exams and hearing their stories about how we have helped them along their medical journey is very rewarding and satisfying," he said.
Michael feels well supported in his role. "I work with a great team of technologists and physicians. Together, we do our best for our patients and each other. I am lucky to work with some great managers as well who have helped mentor and encourage me through my time at VCH."
Jaymie Campbell is an MRT at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) who relocated to beautiful British Columbia from rural Ontario. Jaymie says that B.C. always felt unique and special to her. "It is a province I that I knew I wanted to move to as soon as I graduated, and I'm so glad I did," she said.
Jaymie enjoys working directly with patients as it gives her perspectives on the important things in life. "I am able to ease their anxiety or make them feel more comfortable or confident after their examination," she said.
If a patient is unable to follow instructions or can't move in a manner that would result in good imaging, Jaymie has to come up with a solution. She says that all MRTs have their own tips and tricks to accomplish a task.
"The nature of an MRT's role, like so many other health-care professionals, often requires extensive problem solving," Jaymie explained. "We love sharing ideas with others. I think this situation speaks to all three VCH values. We care for everyone, no matter their abilities. We are always learning from one another so that we can be better in our roles. As a result, we achieve better results in the form of more diagnostic images."
VCH sends a heartfelt thank you to all MRTs across the organization for their passion and dedication to providing exceptional patient care!