Radiology is most often assumed to just be ultrasounds of babies. However, a radiologist technician is the individual that performs and examines any digital images on patients. If someone has broken a bone or messed up a joint, the x-rays help determine what action needs to take place for the healing process. This specific field has not always been a first choice to major in at school because of the competitive edge, but the medical world has surrounded many people throughout their life.
After a young adolescent watches their grandfather suffer from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, she has a passion in her heart to help others. Just when the worst seems to disappear, perhaps her grandmother gets diagnosed with cancer and her father suffers from being bipolar. Seeing fights and spending weekends on end in a hospital or nursing home is not the typical life for a child. One would think after being around it for so long, it is time to go a different route in life. No, it allows a special privilege to be able to relate to patients, yet be a professional.
It is amazing how far technology has come in just a few years. The part of being a technician that interests me the most is trying to get the slightest idea of how a simple ray can transmit through the body without harm and come out with a picture. In order to meet the educational requirements, all of the criteria classes need to be met. Typically is takes two years and then two years of clinical after you get in the radiology program. Radiology technicians must also be licensed in most states by passing an exam from The American Registry of Radiologist Technologist (Bureau of Statistics).
The upper division classes are internships and clinical practice. These give a potential candidate hands on experience, while learning lab and people skills at the same time. I personally plan to meet all of these requirements by doing my best in classes and taking classes that might not be mandatory to make myself better in the end. I started to prepare myself in high school by taking four years of science and three years of math. All of the BRAVO outcomes mentioned by Austin Peay will also help me in my career. The acronyms for values and outcomes really stand out to me.
I need to remember my morals and values when it comes to the patient/doctor code of confidentially. Even the simplest slip of a detail could ruin someone’s whole life. The overall outcome is to find a cure to make the patient feel better. The first step in this process relies on a technician. The ending result requires teamwork and communication. The employment outlook for this job is expected to grow considerably within the next few years because of aging populations suffering from more osteoporosis (Bureau of Statistics). Hospitals will still house many of the job opportunities, but new imaging testing centers will also play a role.
Beyond this job, there is the possibility of nuclear technologists, radiation therapists, or sonographers. The opportunities are endless, including going back to school. You will not only be learning in school, but constantly everyday in this job. One of the newest trends in radiology is the hybrid technology. It is a faster, new digitization that “will increase productivity, enhance efficiency and help control the cost of care” (Morrison). Before we know it the proficient technology will diagnose diseases before they get out of hand.
One of the best places to find detailed information about radiology is the professional association: American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The association is the professional website of any new trends, organizations, news, careers, etc. It can be found at www. asrt. org. Being a radiologist technician is still what I am interested in becoming for my career. This paper has just built up my excitement of finally realizing what I want to do and feeling proud to say it. The next best step for me is to get through finals and coming to a difficult decision of needing to retake a class for a better grade.
Staying focused on my future and school instead of socially doing stuff every night needs to stick out in my mind. In order to help prepare for this job, I need to get organized first with the current job of being a student.
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