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

[User Picture]From: rinrin_al
2008-10-26 04:32 am (UTC)
Hmm. Well, for me, the interesting thing about diagnostic imaging is how many different areas you can specialize in. I trained in CT for 2 weeks and started doing that, following up with more specialized angiographic studies. It's fun to do all three.

This is my opinion, but taking regular x-rays is boring only if you've only achieved a "weak" mastery of it. Everyone goes through such a phase, where you feel like you're going through the motions, and then the machine tears up, or you come across some really interesting pathology, and it's interesting again. I really like the challenging patients, torn up body parts, and the like. Maybe try working in an emergency room. Some of the injuries and conditions are challenging in a fun way. Or maybe challenge yourself by reviewing pathology. A good tech is able to pick out pathology and alert the doctor of possibly life threatening situations. :) Just some thoughts.

If you continue on and think otherwise, it's probably because you don't have your heart in it and need to try something different. No biggie. Go do some observations and ask lots of questions.
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