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[Oct. 25th, 2009|04:03 am]
Radiology Students: Shades of Gray


hey all.  I'm considering a Rad-Tech program nearby and i'm wondering if you could give me some feedback:

best and worst parts about the job?

I did one semester of nursing school largely because I love the stability and the honest nature of medical work, but I got cold feet and withdrew from the program, afraid my weak stomach would overpower my natural tendency towards nurturing.  Radiology seems really cool, and I'm partially interested in it due to a prior interest in Anthropology (high tech non-invasive investigation techniques ftw!), so I'm wondering if ya'll could provide me with some feedback.  is this a computer/desk job?  how involved is the patient care?  do you feel respected by coworkers?  was it hard to find a job?  is an associate's degree enough to get work or do you really need a BS?  would you pick it again?  what would you do differently?

the program I'm looking at lets you pick up to 2 specialties, mammography, CT, MRI, and vascular systems.  which would you pick and why?


[User Picture]From: dalyax
2009-11-28 08:01 pm (UTC)
The worst parts I have heard about this field is the fact that in some states, the job market is so saturated. Some states have so many facilities that offer the program, and since it takes 2 years or so to complete general radiography, the market is so full. But program directors don't care, they get money by getting the students in.
I've heard students not being able to find a job in my area and having to work in a bank or etc. :/ Or having to drive an hour to their job. Or having to work in two different places to get that paycheck!

The best parts is that radiography is not just one thing, it has a ton of specialties. I heard that CT and MRI are being more popular than general x-rays. And maybe vascular radiography is helpful too, especially in E.Rs I would pick vascular and maybe CT or MRI, so you are open to more job opportunities.

I don't know if you read the post before yours, but it was my post and I deleted it because I didn't get any response. I suddenly changed my major and was asking about radiography.
I actually got accepted into a Radiography program that accepts about 22 or so students.
But I withdrew from it because of fear of not being able to find a job. And I want to be *more* than just a Tech. It's nice to have a job, but I am looking more for a job that requires more studies not just an A.S.

I did about 12 hours total in observation. Last year I went to a budget hospital or whatever they are called and saw basic x-rays. Then when I got accepted, I did another observation but sadly..saw A LOT of CT scans and a few x-rays, and I should have seen Barium enemas and intravenous procedures but saw none.

I do love Radiography, I'm more of an anatomical study person, I love to see things. But sadly I'll leave it on the backburner for a childhood dream, Doctor!

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From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-22 01:11 am (UTC)
I'm a senior student in my last few days of clinical practicum. If you were concerned about going into nursing because of a weak stomach you might want to reconsider X-ray. X-ray is definitely not a desk job. You're on your feet all day and there is a lot of patient interaction. That being said you will get your fair share of bodily excrements and gore.

The best parts about the job:
1. Independence from physicians. Unlike nursing, X-ray techs don't work that closely with physicians and other health care workers that much. That can be a good thing or bad thing depending on your preference. You will mostly spend your time interacting with patients and other techs.

2. It forces you to be creative. I'm working a big trauma centre with a high volume of complex cases. Each patient is unique and trying to get patients that are extremely ill or have had a traumatic incident into the correct positions can be extremely challenging so you are constantly having to adapt to each patient's unique needs.

3. There is a lot of interaction with patients but it is generally brief. This can be a good or bad thing depending on the patients you're getting. If you get a bad patient, after you've done their X-rays you can send them on their way and never see them again. If you like your patient and have bonded with them, once you're done with the X-rays you might never see them again or know what happens to them.

Worst Parts:
1. You're working with radiation. The doses we use in X-ray is low. But when you're taking 50 X-rays a day your dose will accumulate so you have to be very cautious and protect yourself.

2. You're a photographer and nothing more. Yes you are a health care worker but you aren't involved in anything clinical. If you like healing and being part of the more therapeutic side of things then X-ray might not be enough for you.
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