ASRT recommends new skill sets for technologists
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the ASRT Education and Research Foundation’s Health Care Industry Advisory Council have outlined a list of new skills that should be adopted by upcoming radiologic technologists in light of advances and changes in the industry. The organizations have prepared a white paper on the subject generated by the HCIAC Task Force on New Clinical Skills Acquisition. The task force is a subcommittee that focuses on how industry can best partner with ASRT, educators and employers in response to major changes in the profession. The white paper addresses trends outlined by FutureScan, a three-year research project sponsored by ASRT and published earlier this year. Trends include:
- The rise of smaller, faster technology and the expected impact on the industry;
- The need for life-long learning as well as enhancing computer skills; and
- R.T.s will increasingly be asked to navigate the latest legislative, regulatory and reimbursement issues as reimbursement reductions could restrict radiology access for patients.