6 | ADVANCE FOR RADIOLOGY LiFE | COVER STO/ RY FEBRUARY 2017 THINKSTOCK C O V E R S T O R Y Stress in Radiologic Technology Too few staffers and too many patients yields pressure — and rewards By Valerie Neff Newitt Radiologic technologists (RTs) experience stress in both physical and mental forms. While the physical strain — repetitive stress and lower back pain are common — can often be avoided or relieved by ergonomics, safe patient handling techniques, good body mechanics and after-the-fact physical therapy, the mental stress is not as easy to characterize or combat. If, however, there is any credence to the long-held belief that “to be forewarned is to be forearmed,” then there is benefit in being mindful of the sources of stress among radiology technologists.
Radiology Life • February 2017
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