It has not been quite recently when I scheduled and fulfilled the observation requirement, but about a year ago this month when applying for this program last year. The amazing thing about it is that the memory of this day still remains vividly in my mind. It was on this day that I learned the basic and not so basic job requirements for becoming a radiology technologist. Many might think that this job is limited to aiming a machine, positioning a patient, and taking pictures of their bones, but come to find out there was a whole lot more to it.
The technologist is responsible for the patient’s safety. They must be able to identify when a patient has contrast allergies and know how to properly care for them. They also need to be able to explain the procedures to patients who might be anxious about them.
There are different types of radiologic technologists, each specializing in a certain area. Some work in diagnostic radiology, while others might work in interventional radiology or mammography. There are even those who specialize in nuclear medicine.
Radiology Technologists are found in many places, from physician and dental offices to clinics and hospitals. They perform a wide variety of tasks. On the day I observed their work, I began with an experience that made me wonder if this was the job for me. I was placed in a room to observe a young woman receiving a barium enema–a procedure that makes some people uncomfortable. However, I had no problem dealing with it.
As the day went on, I got to see many different aspects of the radiology department and how it interacted with other departments in the hospital. I was able to see how important teamwork is in this field, as well as how critical communication is between the technologist, doctor, and patient.
I also observed a wide variety of procedures being performed, from simple X-rays to more complex CT scans and MRIs. The latter two procedures require the patient to be placed inside a large machine, which can be somewhat intimidating for some people. The technologist must be able to put the patient at ease and explain the procedure in a way that is easy to understand.
One of the most interesting things I saw was a surgery that was being performed using radiology equipment. This particular surgery was being done to remove a cancerous tumor from a patient’s lung. The surgeon was able to see inside the patient’s body using real-time images provided by the radiologist.
This experience reinforced my decision to become a Radiology Technologist. I was able to see firsthand how important this job is and how it can impact people’s lives. I am now more confident than ever that this is the career for me.
When a barium dye is added to the fluid of an enema, it makes the insides of the intestines visible so that doctors can look for blocks or other problems. The next two patients I observed were also receiving barium treatments. In one room, I saw an elderly woman receive a barium swallow exam. She tried swallowing different liquids and solid foods mixed with thisbarium dye.
This was done so the doctor could see if there were any blockages or problems with her esophagus. The last patient observed was a young girl, who was probably around seven years old, who was also receiving a barium treatment. In her case, she was having a barium enema exam.
I found all of these procedures interesting and after talking with the patients and getting to know them on a personal level, I felt that this would be a great field for me. I enjoy helping people and feel that this is a career in which I can make a difference.
There are many different types of radiology exams and procedures that are performed every day in hospitals, outpatient centers, and even in some physician’s offices. As a radiology technologist, you will be responsible for performing these exams.
Radiology technologists are highly trained professionals who use imaging equipment to produce pictures of the inside of the human body. These pictures are then used by physicians to diagnose and treat injuries and diseases.
To become a radiology technologist, you will need to complete an accredited radiology technology program. After completing the program, you will then need to obtain certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
There are many different types of radiology technology programs available, ranging from two-year associate’s degree programs to four-year bachelor’s degree programs. The type of program you choose will depend on your educational goals and career aspirations.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in radiology, contact your local hospital or outpatient center to inquire about shadowing opportunities. This is a great way to get started in the field and learn more about what radiologists do on a day-to-day basis.
The doctors needed to see if her stomach contents were moving into her airway, so they had her swallow some barium. This would help them plan a diet for her that wouldn’t cause any more problems. The next case was really sad. A three-year-old girl was supposed to get a catheter so fluids infused with barium could be pushed into her bladder. They wanted to see if it was backing up into when full and causing infections.
The little girl was so scared and tried to scream and run away every time someone came near her with the needle. Finally, with four people holding her down, they were able to insert the tube. The poor thing just sobbed and shook for the rest of the exam. As I watched this I thought to myself that there was no way I could do this job. It would be too emotionally hard for me to see children in so much pain.
The next patient was an elderly woman who had come in for a follow-up x-ray of her hip. She had recently fallen and broken it, but had been doing physical therapy and seemed to be doing much better. She was very sweet and grateful for everything we did for her. I was able to help her walk back to her wheelchair and she thanked me before she left.
After lunch, we had a few more patients come in for various procedures. One man came in for a biopsy of his lung and another for an MRI of his brain.
I observed as the radiologist did the biopsy by inserting a needle into the patient’s lung. The patient was awake for this procedure and lying on his side. He was given a local anesthetic to numb the area and seemed to be doing fine until the needle went in. At that point, he yelped and grabbed at the doctor’s hand. The doctor stopped and asked if he was okay and the man said he was just startled. He was able to finish the procedure without any further incident.
The last patient of the day was a woman who was having an MRI of her brain. She had recently been in a car accident and they were checking for any internal damage. I helped her onto the table and positioned her head in the machine. She was very scared and kept asking me if it was going to hurt. I assured her that she would just feel like she was lying down in a loud room and that it wouldn’t hurt at all.