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RELEASE: 10/29/01

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What is odorless, colorless, can't been seen, touched, heard or tasted? Just ask a radiologic technologist.

Protecting the public from invisible and potentially harmful radiation through precise diagnostic practices and improved patient care is a daily responsibility of the more than 19,000 licensed radiologic technologists in New Jersey, according to State Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Shinn.

"The proper use of x-ray equipment and other radiologic technologies can save lives, but can also cause harm if standardized procedures are not followed, " said Shinn, whose department, in conjunction with the state Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners, administers the licensing program for radiologic technologists.

To recognize their contributions to patient care, acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco has proclaimed November 4 to 10 as Radiologic Technology Week in New Jersey.

"Licensed radiologic technologists contribute greatly to the diagnosis and treatment of disease through their expertise and understanding of the safe operation of highly sophisticated equipment," proclaimed Governor DiFrancesco.

New Jersey was one of the first states to require licensing of these technologists under legislation passed in 1968, well before the enactment of the federal Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981.

X-rays were discovered in 1895. Today, there are 255,000 radiologic technologists in the United States, comprising the nation's largest allied health profession, including those who perform x-rays and radiation therapy as well as nuclear medicine procedures.

To learn more about licensing requirements and accredited programs, contact the state Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Radiological Health at 609-984-5634.



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