Medical Radiation Technologists (MRT) Week


As Canada celebrates Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) from November 8-14, we specifically recognize the 18 nationally certified MRTs in the Yukon who are on-staff at Whitehorse General Hospital.

MRTs are experts in the use of complex medical equipment, which is used to quickly and precisely diagnose a wide range of medical conditions – often in critical or lifesaving situations. At the same time, these professionals provide safe, excellent and compassionate care to each patient.

We are fortunate to have two of the four MRT professional disciplines working here in the Yukon, including:

  1. Radiological Technologists – otherwise known as X-ray techs – use ionizing radiation to produce images of body parts and systems with equipment such as general X-ray, computed tomography (CT) and breast imaging (mammography). From time to time, X-ray techs are called upon during critical procedures such as surgery.

  2. Next, we are also fortunate to have a full-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist on staff at WGH. With the addition of Canada’s first MRI program north of 60 earlier this year, this professional is able to conduct the advanced (and safe) test using highly specialized equipment, which generates radio waves and a strong magnetic field to produce images of structures inside the body.

It is widely said that MRTs deliver ‘technology with care’ in hospitals and clinics from coast to coast – and on the battlefields wherever the Canadian Forces are deployed as well as in the dressing rooms of our professional sport teams. These skilled individuals are committed to compassionate patient care, while delivering critical “high-tech” services that assist our physicians and other health care professionals.

Last Updated:Tue, 03/30/2021 - 12:19