Olive Peart is an author, an educator, radiographer and publisher.
Her technical query columns appear regularly in Radiologic Technology a journal of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and she is the radiologic technology editor with Gannett Education. Olive also gives regular radiologic technology and mammography lectures at seminars across the US and Canada, many sponsored by Medical Technology Management Institute, MTMI.
Olive is the author of two young adult novel,Linked and The Intruders. Her other published books are: Life After High School: Traits that Help & Traits that Hurt, The Dangers of Medical Radiation; Spanish for Professionals in Radiology; Lange Q & A Mammography Examination; Mammography and Breast Imaging Prep: Program Review and Exam Prep, and Mammography and Breast Imaging-Just the Facts.
Olive was the keynote speaker at Let's Get Ready Summer Career Day Kick-Off on July 30th 2011. The mission of Let's Get Ready is to expand college access for motivated, low-income high school students. She was honored at the Juneteenth Celebration of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties (NY). At its annual award dinner June 17, 2010, Olive was recognized as one of the Chamber's "10 Influential Blacks" in Westchester & Rockland Counties, for her work as an author and publisher. She founded two publishing companies: Demarche Publishing LLC, which publishes a variety of works; and DLite Press offering complete self-publishing and ebook services.
View her Award Acceptance Speech at:http://www.gather.com/viewVideo.action?id=11821949021907447
This year Olive was selected for a RAD-AID/ASRT Foundation, Technologist Fellow outreach opportunity and will join a RAD-AID’s project team on assignment in Chandigarh, India.
Olive loves to hear from her readers and can be reached through the links below.
Low Dose, High Quality Possible by Olive Peart, M.S. R.T. (R) (M)
Radiologic Technology, 79:371-372 2008
© 2008 American Society of Radiologic Technologists
The year was 1908, and the use of radiation for both medical and recreational purposes was expanding rapidly. Circuses used the rays to guess the content of women’s bags. Shoe stores had fluoroscopy machines to help customers fit shoes. Wealthy individuals had x-ray units in their homes to entertain guests.
As time progressed, the consequences to individuals became apparent. Yet, even as scientists began documenting eye and skin ailments, the abuse of radiation continued.
The problem was that these rays could not be seen, tasted, touched, smelled or heard. It was difficult for the public to understand the dangers. Not until well into the 1950s did the many harmful practices finally cease. Even then, the effort was geared mainly toward protecting those who worked with x-rays.
Fast forward 100 years. The year is 2008. Today, a career using x-rays is absolutely safe. Technologists can enjoy the benefits of protective devices such as lead shielding and radiation monitoring. Yet concern still remains: What about the patients?
The rapid spread of multislice computed tomography (CT) scans, plus computed radiography (CR) and direct radiography (DR) in general radiography, has been great for our profession. However, these new technologies have resulted in a rapid and dangerous increase in radiation dose to patients.1 The American College of Radiology developed appropriateness criteria, recognizing that there is an immediate need to develop a nationally accepted system to assist radiologists and referring physicians in making the correct imaging decision for a given patient.2 It is hoped that, if implemented, these guidelines will protect patients by addressing one aspect of the problem — namely physicians.