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Old 10-18-2003, 09:40 PM   #1
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anyone into radiology? just wondering if its a good field to go into...

 
Old 10-19-2003, 06:49 PM   #2
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I'd like to know the same thing. I've heard good things about it.

I'm thinking about going into radiology. I'm already a medical transcriptionist and have learned from it that I'm interested in going into a more involved field.

They have a program at the college that I took transcription at, which is great because I love the school. I'm going to see my advisor hopefully this Tuesday or next Tuesday and ask her about it.
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Old 10-19-2003, 09:56 PM   #3
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Just realize that you have to start at the bottom doing the really nasty stuff (Barium enemas, gastrografin enemas, etc.) If you can make it through all of your clinicals and graduate, you will better off specializing in one of the branches of radiology (MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, CT, etc.)when you finish. I have been doing MRI for over 15 years and still enjoy my job. Good luck!

 
Old 10-20-2003, 06:08 PM   #4
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Well im interested in X-ray...

 
Old 10-20-2003, 08:34 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure the program that I'm looking at covers x-ray, MRI, and CT but I'm not sure what else. I recently had to have an ankle x-ray and the guy who did it was in his rotation in the same program I'm looking at.
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Old 10-27-2003, 05:10 PM   #6
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You are definitaly better off specializing right off the bat. Otherwise you get stuck with crappy hours. (midnights, afternoons). Taking call isn't fun either. It gets old after about ten times of coming in at 4a.m. to do a chest x-ray. Something to think about. : )

 
Old 11-02-2003, 03:23 PM   #7
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I don't know how it is in different states, but in CA...where I work, you really have to start in X Ray to get to other departments. Like then you would cross train into CT, MRI, Special Procedures, Nuclear Med, etc. Everyone in Xray where I work are really nice, and they love their job. Well, mostly everyone in Radiology does.
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Old 11-08-2003, 05:14 PM   #8
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I am an x-ray technologist and I have been for about 4 years. It's a great field to get into. There are tonnes of jobs, although you may not start out with a permanent fulltime job, but you'll get lots of hours. I live in Canada (but I've worked in the states too), where it's a 4 year degree program to become an x-ray tech. You can then go on to specialize in CT (take some x-tra courses), MRI (it's another 9 months to a year extra) or ultrasound (about 1 year extra). There are a lot of opportunities in the US for travelling X-ray techs, where you work short contracts in various hospitals, and it's a good opportunity to make tonnes of money.
Being a regular x-ray tech is pretty good, depending on where you are, you will probably work shift work and weekends and holidays. but that isn't always a bad thing, there is a lot of flexability. A 9-5 monday to friday job isn't always the best. In Canada we are in unions which offer a lot of job security and protection.
RAdiology is an expanding and interesting field, you get to see a lot, and the technology is changing all the time (it's not all barium enemas! ) I would recommend this field to anyone. any questions feel feel to ask!

 
Old 11-28-2003, 01:23 PM   #9
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I've been looking into doing this, too. They have accredited schools here in Arizona. THe one school I checked into says you can complete it in 96 weeks. I just need to find a school that has evening classes only, since I work during the day. Is it true though, its a a career that everyone wants, and the jobs are hard to find?

 
Old 12-08-2003, 02:57 AM   #10
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I'm a student now in my 2nd year. Our school is a 2 year school and I'm really ready to graduate! Love it so far Was offered and took a job at the clinical site I'm at right now. They are already training me in CT. Some states will hire student techs, some will not. I like going for my radiography degree, first, because I can always go back into something else (like MRI, Ultrasound, Radiation Therapy... ) and around here most of those you can graduate from in one year if you have your Radiologic Technologist degree.
Yes, some of the exams aren't pleasant and you start off with the cruddy hours. I went in expecting this so I haven't been dissapointed yet haha (have done tons of BE's and will work the night shift at the hospital I'm working at, yay). Think of it this way, you will never get bored.

 
Old 12-10-2003, 11:54 AM   #11
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Hello
I'm a Radiographer in England. I love it, I qualified in July and am off to Oz in a few weeks to (hopefully) work in a childrens hospital and travel. The work is so varied and there are loads of opportunities, to go into various branches and specialise. I don't know about the job situationover in the states but over here, we're like hens teeth! Lots of Jobs and not enough people, same in Oz. It's not just specialities which are interesting either, you can go into trauma work and i get up to theatre a lot too.
If you're thinking about it, try and get some work experience.
Good luck whatever you decide to do. x x
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Old 06-05-2005, 12:23 PM   #12
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I am also interested in becoming an xray tech. I have found a college that I am interested in, but the only problem with this college is that they are not accreditee by JRCERT. Also, the school will have their first graduating class in December. I was told by the advisor at the college that the reason they are not accredited by JRCERT is because they have not had a graduating class. The college has had the Radiology program for a year and half. It is a private college and tuition is very expensive ($5400 a semester). So, before I put alot of money into this program any advice would be helpful. Thanks.............

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Old 06-24-2005, 12:36 AM   #13
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Becky,

Check with the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) and see if they recognize the program and will allow you to sit for the national registry (without which you will not go very far in the diagnostic imaging field).

 
Old 07-08-2005, 07:54 PM   #14
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I've been an x-ray tech for almost 11 years now at a level one trauma center in Michigan. I love my job so much. If you have the stomach for it, there is no better career in the world. I see so many interesting things. We respond with our portable unit to trauma calls in the ER, and I've seen it all. We also run an x-ray machine in surgeries. I've seen a lot of cool operations. At my hospital we also take forensic x-rays in the morgue. Very facinating if you can handle it.
In between all the really cool stuff, we do tons of mundane things like x-raying sick elderly patients, and loads of screaming babies. You must be able to handle being puked on and pooped on from time to time, but all the B.S. is worth it to me. By far the worst part of my job is working with arrogant doctors who think they are so much better than you, but all and all I wouldn't trade my job for any other career on earth.

 
Old 07-11-2005, 09:18 PM   #15
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I've been an x-ray tech for almost 11 years now at a level one trauma center in Michigan. I love my job so much. If you have the stomach for it, there is no better career in the world. I see so many interesting things. We respond with our portable unit to trauma calls in the ER, and I've seen it all. We also run an x-ray machine in surgeries. I've seen a lot of cool operations. At my hospital we also take forensic x-rays in the morgue. Very facinating if you can handle it.
In between all the really cool stuff, we do tons of mundane things like x-raying sick elderly patients, and loads of screaming babies. You must be able to handle being puked on and pooped on from time to time, but all the B.S. is worth it to me. By far the worst part of my job is working with arrogant doctors who think they are so much better than you, but all and all I wouldn't trade my job for any other career on earth.
I'm here with you xrayman....I love my job...I've been here and there in x-ray
and have seen it all in my 23 years.I'm sure we could reminisce.I can relate
with the doctors...they don't know which way is up,if I don't give them a
worksheet on MY interpretation of an ultrasound exam...it makes me wonder
why I'm not getting Radiologist's pay.I did independent ultrasound for
a while where I traveled around to hospitals in need, doing ultrasounds for
$75 per scan sometimes doing 15 a day.It's good money but taxes get a lot
and I had to have malpractice insurance which wasn't really much.Ultrasound
is a good field to get into...it's high paying(depending on your location)
because it's so operator dependent...and the Rads have to rely on you entirely...
it's also cost efficient and noninvasive.

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