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If you are reading this blog post, then you have more than likely been affected by the ramification of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This unprecedented pandemic has essentially turned what was once normal (eating out at restaurants, classroom lectures, clinical rotations, and readily available toilet paper at your local grocery store) into a new reality of social distancing, Government requests quarantine, and online classes. To make matters worse, many newly graduated Radiography students have received word from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT®) that their scheduled Registry Exam has been pushed back to an indefinite future date!
Due to this new normal (hopefully short-term), many Radiography students and educators are now searching online for helpful Radiography-based learning resources and tools to help fill the gap.
The goal of this blog post is to provide a list of what I believe are some good (paid) online resources to help radiography students and educators through these uncertain times.
- The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT®): http://www.asrt.org
The ASRT® is somewhat of our industry’s Swiss Army knife. What I mean by this is that the ASRT® is responsible for creating standards and regulations within the Diagnostic Imaging field, providing research and statistics, and creating and distributing a wide variety of continuing education content within their CE store. Even though you may not need the CE credit (if you are still a student), there are still quite a lot of quality courses and study material offered within the ASRT’s website.
- Radtutor: https://www.radtutor.com/
Radtutor is an online radiography training and review resource that utilizes a variety of interactive learning tools such as quizzes, flashcards, and study guides. Radtutor can be an excellent resource for those who enjoy engagement-based learning. Radtutor includes content over core radiography imaging principles, anatomy and positioning, and patient care.
- RadReview® (McGraw Hill): https://www.radreviewmhe.com/
RadReview (formally RadReview Easy) is one of the most-used ARRT Radiography Registry Exam prep tools used today. RadReview includes a large and customizable question bank with some advanced reporting options. RadRevew recently added a premium purchase option for accessing the digital version of D.A. Saia’s companion book Radiography PREP and course-based quizzes.
- XRAYCOACH: https://www.xraycoach.com/
XRAYCOACH is somewhat of a newer player in the Radiography training and Registry exam prep space, but I believe is worth adding to this list! The XRAYCOACH website boasts a large ARRT Registry Exam prep question bank with a number of unique Mock Exams to choose from. XRAYCOACH additionally offers 115 video lessons over a wide range of radiography topics and principles.
- Corectech: https://www.corectecreview.com/
Corectech is another dedicated ARRT® Radiography Registry Exam prep resource. Corectech holds the title as the oldest Radiography Exam prep question bank and is used by a wide variety of radiography students and educators for the purpose of Registry Exam prep and review.
- SIMTICS – Radiography: https://www.simtics.com/shop/imaging/radiography/
SIMTICS may not be as well known as many of the other mentioned paid resources within this blog post, but I believe they are worthy of being included on this list. SIMTICS is unique in that they leverage virtual (not virtual reality) Radiography positioning training software along with quizzes, videos, and digital text. SIMTICS can be an excellent tool for those who are currently in a clinical rotation but are no longer able to visit their clinical site.
- Clover Learning – RadTechBootCamp: www.radtechbootcamp.com
RadTechBootCamp, like ASRT®, is somewhat of a multi-purpose Radiography training and ARRT® Registry Exam Prep tool. RadTechBootCamp is best known for its extensive catalog of unique and easy to understand core Radiography and Positioning video-lessons. RadTechBootCamp is advertised as being a powerful Radiography learning resource for Radiography students of any level. RadTechBootCamp courses include hundreds of video-lessons over all major Radiography topics and principles, post-videos quizzes, interactive learning tools (clickable images and flashcards), assessments, and a comprehensive ARRT® Registry Exam prep question bank.
I sincerely hope you have found this blog post useful, and please be on the lookout for the second part of this blog post, “Top Free Online Radiography Resources.”
Ari Blum – CEO and Founder of Clover Learning Inc.