About Our Profession

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Scope of Profession

Medical Radiation Science practitioners are highly dedicated, knowledgeable, and competent health-care professionals. The five (5) Disciplines that make up the groupings of Medical Radiation Technologists, Radiation Therapists, and Ultrasonographers, are integral to and essential for quality, safe and effective health-care delivery. The five (5) unique professional Disciplines, prescribe and apply a variety of radiant energies to patients through the provision of compassionate expert imaging and treatment delivery.

Professional Attributes

A strong sense of responsibility and a high degree of integrity are necessary in all of our official Disciplines. Attention to detail, critical thinking and problem solving skills are of prime importance combined with an acute awareness that sick and injured people require patience and comforting.

Working With Medical Radiant Energies

Radiation hazards constitute a major consideration for anyone contemplating a career in this field. Detailed and careful guidelines have been established to ensure safe application of various radiations, and to avoid unintentional and harmful radiation exposure. MRTs are well educated in the safe and judicious use of all medical radiant energies they apply to a patient.

Getting Started

Access to Medical Radiation Technology is available through accredited training programs. Although specific entrance requirements for each Discipline may vary, all programs have combined didactic and clinical elements. Graduates of all programs write the Certification Examination of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (C.A.M.R.T.).

Employment Opportunities

In Ontario, approximately 5,800 Medical Radiation Technologists are employed in hospitals, private clinics, research laboratories, industry, education and administration. Nationwide, there are approximately 11,000 technologists. Earnings are comparable with allied health care professions such as nursing and laboratory technology. Certification by the C.A.M.R.T. is recognized by all provinces in Canada. To be employed, MRTs must be registered with the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (C.M.R.T.O.).

The Future

C.A.M.R.T. certification and C.M.R.T.O. registration is the beginning rather than the end of the technologist's educational experience. New and exciting techniques and more highly sophisticated types of equipment are continually being introduced. Our challenge is to meet the rapid changes in technology and patient treatment protocols through on-going development of Medical Radiation Technology.

Professional Associations

Technologists formed their own organization to maintain a profession devoted to the science of Medical Radiation Technology and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas. The Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences (OAMRS) was established in 1935. This organization was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (C.A.M.R.T.). instituted in 1942. The C.A.M.R.T. is affiliated with the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technicians (I.S.R.R.T.) formed in 1959 which acts as a link and network for Medical Radiation Technologists throughout the world.