When you have a radiology procedure or test, our entire team may working
on your behalf, including radiologists, technologists, nurses and other
Valley Presbyterian Hospital staff.
A radiologist is a doctor who specializes in radiology, has four to six
years of training after medical school and is board certified. As the
head of the team, they review test results, perform interventional procedures
and treatments, and may consult with other doctors.
Radiologic Technologist (RT)
A radiologic technologist (RT) manages various types of radiology tests,
including X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, mammograms, and ultrasound. RTs
train for a minimum of two to four years. They are licensed by the State
of California and certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Registered Vascular Sonographer (RVT)
A registered vascular sonographer (RVT) specializes in ultrasonic imaging
tests in the vascular lab. In addition to classroom education, RVTs complete
formal supervised training to test and examine blood vessels throughout
the body that feed organs and tissues. They are accredited by the American
Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
A registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS) is trained in ultrasonic
imaging tests and may specialize in the abdomen, breast, fetal echocardiography,
obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics. In addition to formal supervised
training, they are accredited by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical
Nurses help when patients receive anesthesia, IVs, medication and other
procedures. They explain radiology procedures to patients, document their
status, and sometimes monitor a patient's condition, if needed.
Medical physicists make sure radiation is measured correctly, set guidelines
for procedures and monitor equipment. They also work with the team in
the planning of treatments. They are certified by the American Board of
Radiology or the American Board of Medical Physics, and have a master's
or doctorate degree.