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Latimer to lead world’s largest radiologic science association

Radiography professor Michael Latimer and student Heather DiDiego
Professor Michael Latimer, the new president of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, works with student Heather DiDiego in the Radiology program lab on the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Michael Latimer, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R), associate professor of medical imaging in Palm Beach State College’s Radiography program, has been installed as president of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the world’s largest radiologic science association.

Latimer will serve one term as president and one term as chairman of ASRT’s board of directors. His presidential term began in late June, after the conclusion of the 2016 ASRT Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in Las Vegas. He has previously served as the organization’s vice president and secretary-treasurer.

“It’s something that I’ve been working toward for a long time,” Latimer said. “When I first came into the profession in 1987, I never imagined that I would be in the position that I find myself in today. Being a member of the ASRT has given me much more than I could ever imagine. I want to pay it forward and improve the ASRT and our profession.”

Palm Beach State’s Associate in Science degree in Radiography prepares students for careers as radiologic technologists—the health care professionals who produce x-ray images of patients to help radiologists and other physicians detect, diagnose and treat disease or injury. The program is nationally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and is based on the College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus.

ASRT represents more than 153,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy. Its mission is to advance and elevate the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality of patient care.

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