ARRT exam candidate volume increases, especially for nuclear medicine

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The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) saw a continued upward trend in primary exam volume for a seventh consecutive year, according to the ARRT 2007 Annual Report of Examinations.

Growth in 2007 was most significant in nuclear medicine technology, at 17.1 percent compared to 2006. Radiography was virtually even with the previous year, while radiation therapy took a -5.3 percent dip, according to the registry.

In addition to reporting volume, ARRT’s Annual Report of Examinations also reports scores — by exam section, percentile rank and comparative means for educational programs, as well as by state.

Post-primary ARRT exam volume for first-time candidates increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2007. The increase for 2007 was 15 percent. Previous increases were 19 percent in 2006; 14 percent in 2005; 7 percent in 2004; and 8 percent in 2003.
   
The big gainer among the high-volume disciplines was CT, with a 23 percent increase, while MRI grew by 15.8 percent, according to ARRT.
   
The ARRT promotes high standards of patient care by recognizing individuals qualified in medical imaging, interventional procedures and radiation therapy. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., ARRT evaluates, certifies and annually registers more than 250,000 radiologic technologists across the United States.