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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: simplymade
2008-10-21 05:43 pm (UTC)
I'm still a student, due to graduate in a few weeks, so I can't help you toooo terribly much but I can tell you what I've found from looking into other modalities.

Ultrasound is growing fast. Probably faster than any other advanced modality in our field. Other than many interventional/specials. The pay is better and there are ALOT of positions out there on the open market. Many with sign-on bonuses. Those might require a certain amount of experience though, but still.

I've debated going into both of these fields, and if it wasn't for the fact that I would have to do another 2 years, I would choose ultrasound. I've found a school that offers MRI in a 4 month course before you can sit for your registry. I'm not too keen on CT. I've also looked into Mammo as well.

Sorry if I didn't answer all of your questions. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-10-24 02:58 am (UTC)
Ultrasounds sounds pretty awesome. I wouldn't mind investing that extra 2 years to do ultrasound if I knew that I was going to be in it for the long run and I wouldn't have to quit after a few years due to carpel tunnel. I'm not too keen on CT either. Mammo is not very appealing to me either, too awkward for me =S
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From: bio_superstar
2008-10-24 02:59 am (UTC)
oops, that was me ^
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