Two New Books Highlight ASRT and Affiliate Society History

Nov. 2, 2020

To commemorate its Centennial, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists has published two new books chronicling the history of the Society and its state affiliate societies. The books pay tribute to ASRT and its affiliates’ role in shaping the radiologic technology profession over the past 100 years.

The Shadowmakers: A History of Radiologic Technology, highlights the challenges, obstacles and successes ASRT has encountered during its 100-year history. The extensively researched volume covers the early pioneers in the profession, the Society’s formation and growth, legislative and regulatory initiatives, continuing education, technological advances and much more. The new book is updated, revised and expanded from the first edition published in 1995. Completely redesigned with a plethora of historic images, the book is the definitive history of ASRT.

Growing a Profession: A Chronicle of ASRT Affiliate Societies, written by William Brennan, M.A., R.T.(R)(CT), tells the story of the ASRT’s 54 affiliate societies and their role in supporting radiologic technologists at the state and local levels. The keepsake edition includes some never-before-seen photographs that chronicle the rich history of the affiliates and profiles the volunteers who have served as affiliate leaders during the last 100 years.

“There’s no denying that ASRT and its affiliate societies have shaped the radiologic technology profession in the last century,” said ASRT President Michael Odgren, B.S., R.P.A., R.R.A., R.T.(R)(CT). “ASRT and affiliates continue to lead the way in championing patient safety, spearheading high-quality education and improving the professional status of all medical imaging and radiation therapy personnel. These books are now part of our enduring legacy.”

All donations benefit the ASRT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ASRT. Visit the ASRT Centennial page to learn how to make a donation to receive the books.