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[Oct. 20th, 2008|11:56 pm]
Radiology Students: Shades of Gray
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Hi all,

I'm a second year student in rad tech in Ontario. I have spent some time in clinical practice and have pretty much decided that rad tech is not for me. It was exciting when I first started, but after the first week I was pretty comfortable and pretty bored. I felt like a robot taking pictures of the same thing over and over again. OK I agree that each patient is different but there really wasn't much to it once you've got them in the right position. It was too easy. Also I was unaware of the fact that you had to do fluoro before I got into the program (enemas + extra radiation did not make the job anymore appealing to me).

I was thinking to pursue MRI or Ultrasound after I've finished my program but I'm having a hard time figuring out which one to get into. The downside to the ultrasound program offered here is that it's a 2 yr full-time program while MRI is distance learning + 4 months of clinical practice. I have also heard from some rad techs that ultrasound wears down the wrists and shoulders and after 8 years many sonographers stop working. Has anyone else ever heard about this? I have met sonographers who've been working for well over 8 yrs, granted they only did breast ultrasounds. I'm leaning towards ultrasound because I think the work will be more fulfilling to me (increased interaction with pts, making notes for the radiologist, etc). So my questions for you guys are:

a. Do ultrasound techs have higher compensation than MRI techs? And if so, on average how much?
b. What is the longevity of a sonographer's career? Do they usually switch out due to wrist and shoulder problems?
c. If there are any MRI techs in here, what do you guys like about your job? What's your salary like?
d. Maybe I haven't had enough experience in rad tech yet, so for the rad techs who've been working for a while, what do you guys like about your job? How do you feel about it after so many years of doing it? Do you find your work fulfilling?
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From: bio_superstar
2008-10-24 03:06 am (UTC)
Ultrasound seems pretty different from x-ray to me (but then again I'm a n00b). Considering I've already invested almost 3 yrs into this program (1 yr prereqs + almost 2 yrs of rad tech program) I'd rather continue on and just see where it takes me (instructing/teaching one day perhaps?). I'm quite bitter about not going into pharmacy but competition in Toronto is fierce and since they are going from BScPhm to a PharmD, just thinking about all that extra schooling makes me nauseous.
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From: bio_superstar
2008-10-26 11:15 pm (UTC)
Excuse me. There's not a single person I've ever encountered in X-ray who LOVED their job. Actually I don't think I've talked to a single tech who even LIKED their job. Most people who are doing it are doing it for practical reasons. What's wrong with that? If the only people who were allowed to in X-ray were those who were PASSIONATE about it, there would be practically no techs at all.
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From: bio_superstar
2008-10-27 03:29 am (UTC)
You are WAY out of line. First of all, I never said that I didn't enjoy working with patients. I love working with patients, I DO have a friendly face when I work with them. It seems to me that you took offense from the fact that I find X-ray too easy and I don't enjoy it and would prefer something more challenging. Maybe I don't belong is X-ray, I at least agree with that but I don't see how you could reasonable extract the idea that I don't belong in the health care field. If you want to know what I think, I don't think the health care field needs people like YOU who are obviously ready to blow a fuse every single time they are irked by something someone says.
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