It's National Radiologic Technology Week!

November 6-12, 2022, is National Radiologic Technology Week, and we're proud to celebrate Wayne State's Radiologic Technology and Radiation Therapy Technology faculty, students, alumni and clinical instructors for their hard work, dedication and commitment to patient care. 

Radiologic Technology students learn how to x-ray a baby.
"The work of a radiologic technologist is more important than most of the public is aware," said Clinical Coordinator Jarrod Thorwart. "We are the eyes on the inside that allow doctors to effectively diagnose and develop a treatment plan for all types of patients. X-ray, CT, MRI, mammography, and other types of imaging are invaluable in modern medicine when it comes to treating all injuries and illnesses."

"Radiology is a unique field filled with many ways to see inside those who are hurting, in an effort to solve their health issue. We work in many settings, from the OR to the orthopedic office," said Assistant Clinical Professor Melissa Hibbert

"As a radiation therapist, it is very rewarding to help patients through the most difficult time in their lives – fighting cancer," said Assistant Clinical Professor Alisa Kagen. "The WSU Applebaum RTT program is grateful for the dedication and commitment of the radiation therapists who guide our students during their clinical practicum. It requires patience, compassion and dedication to help train our future therapists." 

This year, WSU Applebaum's RTT students chose three stand-out therapists and presented them with "Above and Beyond" awards to show their appreciation. 

And the recipients are...

RTT award winner with students RTT award winner RTT award winner
Alejandra Saucedo of Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit (center) with junior RTT students Me'lana Beavers (left) and Mackenzie Heilman Mark Fowler of Ascension Webber Cancer Center Luann Takats of Mercy Health Clinic in Perrysburg, Ohio

"The people who enter this field are making a positive impact every day and deserve to be recognized during radiologic technology week," Thorwart said. "Thank you to all of my colleagues for the work that you do."

Radiologic technologists are health care professionals who administer prescribed radiation to help diagnose medical conditions. They perform procedures such as X-rays, CT scans and MRI exams. The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Radiologic Technology program was Michigan’s first accredited bachelor’s degree program in the field, operated in partnership with Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The application deadline is Dec. 15.

Radiation therapists operate sophisticated radiation equipment to treat malignant tissue, assist in designing cancer treatment through the use of 3D computer-generated calculations, recognize when a patient is having additional medical problems that require a doctor's attention and provide psychological support for patients who are dealing with the stress of their illness. The bachelor of science in Radiation Therapy Technology is offered through Wayne State’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with an application deadline of Nov. 30

An anchor in urban health care

The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is built on more than 100 years of tradition and innovation in the heart of Detroit. We have grown deep roots in our city, harnessing its powerhouse hospital systems and community service organizations as vibrant, real-world training grounds for students, with an ongoing focus on social justice in health care. And our research at all levels – from undergraduates to veteran faculty members – translates into creative solutions for healthier communities.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering approximately 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 25,000 students.

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