The Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences offers a six (6) month certificate program in Computerized Tomography (CT) for certified Radiologic Technologists RT (R), Radiation Therapists RTR (T) or Nuclear Medicine Technologists RT (N) or NMTB. Students will learn to create electronic cross-sectional images of anatomy as an aid in the diagnosis of disease and injury using ionizing radiation. The program is offered twice per year, starting in January and in July.
Graduates of this program are eligible to take the advanced certification exam provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) (CT).
University of Utah Health has six state-of-the-art CT scanners that include 128-slice Siemens scanners and the unique dual source scanning technology, the Siemens Definition. The latest in CT technology, the "FLASH" is installed at the South Jordan Health Center. A combination of superior radiologists, experienced CT technologists and the latest equipment creates an environment where current imaging and post-processing techniques are routinely performed. The program offers a combination of clinical and didactic educational experiences that will provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to become an entry-level CT technologist. Students will learn how to effectively image trauma patients, screen patients, answer difficult radiation protection questions, post process 3D images, assist in biopsies and complete routine exams.
What is Computed Tomography (CT)?
Computed tomography (CT) scan is a useful diagnostic tool for detecting diseases and injuries. It uses a series of X-rays and a computer to produce a 3D image of soft tissues and bones. CT is a painless, noninvasive way to diagnose conditions. It can be used to image many parts of the body, such as the brain, facial bones, neck, spine, chest, abdomen and pelvis. CT plays a vital role in diagnosing trauma patients.
What are the responsibilities of a CT technologist?
A CT technologist must be able to perform computed tomographic procedures in an efficient and competent manner. It is essential that the radiographer has a thorough knowledge of anatomy and can make judgments about the formation of the image in regards to anatomical identification. Knowledge of contrast media, equipment operation, sterile technique and emergency procedures is required. Patient care responsibilities will include venipuncture, care of IVs and other patient aides and friendly caring communication. They work quickly and efficiently with trauma and cancer patients on a daily basis. CT technologists' responsibilities are also expanding in the areas of post-processing and image reconstruction.
The demand for well-qualified CT technologists is on the rise with scanners becoming faster, types of imaging procedures expanding and increased concern over procedural dose levels. Nuclear medicine technologists are discovering the necessity of studying CT with the addition of PET/CT. On-the-job training of CT technologists does not meet the educational needs of todays CT technologist. As a technologist learning the art of CT, you deserve a well-structured educational process.
How Do I Become a CT Technologist?
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is a leading credentialing organization that recognizes qualified individuals in medical imaging, and ARRT offers a post-primary certification in Computerized Tomography. Certification in CT is a requirement in many states and demonstrates a level of distinction from non-certified technologists. Some institutions will reward technologists who have earned CT certification with a salary increase.
To be eligible for the ARRT post-primary certification exam in CT, you must be currently certified in radiography, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine and complete the established clinical experience requirements. The CT examination consists of 150 multiple choice questions that relate directly to the field of CT. There are a variety of CT programs available and students are encouraged to find the one that meets their needs and interests. The University of Utah Health's CT program was designed to be competitive by offering a comprehensive program of study at a world-class institution with reasonable length and tuition costs. The program's goal is to educate CT technologists who understand the field of CT and can perform at a highly competent level. Graduates will be prepared to complete and pass the CT certification examination. Instruction is provided by qualified technologists and radiologists and includes classroom settings with lectures and discussion.
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