Radiology technologists are increasingly employed in the Philippine healthcare sector, but are still not well trained and often are overlooked, according to an international research group.
The report, published on Tuesday by the Radiology Technology Association of the Philippines (RTAP), said the sector needs more specialists in areas such as bioethics, biohazard assessment, occupational health and safety, and advanced diagnostic technology.
“The problem is the lack of qualified radiology Technologists.
Many have been trained in the US or the UK, but they are not well equipped to be employed in this sector in a timely manner,” said Dr Jose Rios, chairman of the group.
“The problem lies with the current lack of Radiology Technicians, which have not been trained to become a technologist and also the current shortage of Radiologist-Technicians,” he added.
RTAP said more than 50% of the technologists in the country have completed their undergraduate studies in the United States, while only 20% have a university degree.
Among the experts that the group interviewed, most said they had not received training in basic medical science, as well as in basic healthcare, but still were qualified to be in the radiology field.
According to the RTAP, there are only 5,200 trained Radiology-Technologists in Manila.
More than 3,000 radiology technicians have been injured in the past 10 years, the report said, citing the Department of Health statistics.
The Philippines is a country with a population of more than 1.2 billion people and about 60% of them are urban.
The country is the only country in the region that has a shortage of skilled radiologists.
In the past few years, there have been multiple incidents of patients dying from respiratory failure in hospitals.