NOV. 16, 2005 | In the event of a terrorist attack using a biological or radiological weapon, imaging sciences professionals could play an important role in the emergency response, says a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) faculty member.
Joseph Bittengle, director of the Radiologic Imaging Sciences division in the Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences of the UAMS College of Health Related Professions, is among those in radiologic imaging concerned with emergency preparedness.
Bittengle’s views – “Tomorrow May Be Too Late – Preparing Technologists to Respond to a Bioterrorism Attack” – were published in the July issue of Radiology Today,
He believes radiologic technologists need additional training to help them respond to a host of challenging scenarios, including a terrorist attack.
He has urged educators to add disaster preparedness to their curricula. For the past three semesters, UAMS has offered an interdisciplinary course on terrorism preparedness that unites the UAMS colleges of nursing, pharmacy and public health.
“Not enough of us in the RT community are doing enough,” Bittengle told Radiology Today. “While I realize that many programs don’t have the luxury of adding another course, I think terrorism preparedness is a critically important topic for radiographers, sonographers and nuclear medicine technologists.”
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