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"You'll Need To Pass The Boards...
I was surprised to find out how much hands-on patient care is involved. I beloved others would be surprised how much is involved in being an X-ray technologist as it isn't just " taking pictures"...there are a lot of invasive procedures you do and you see a lot of intense things, especially working in a hospital." (X-Ray Technologist; 2013)
"Take More Math And Physics...
I was surprised to the degree that my principal investigator wanted me to pursue my own projects and research interests rather than his own projects. My understanding of assistant technicians was that they have little time for their own projects, and I was not expecting to have to be so self-directed with my time." (Research Technician; 2013)
"Psych Course Help...
I was surprised to realize I was also going to have to be a therapist. I often need to reassure the patient they are going to be ok. I have to listen to their concerns. It not just take the x-ray and go. I was also surprised as to how much compassion I would have for the patience. I didn't know I would care so much. Seeing a child in pain is heartbreaking." (X-Ray Technologist; 2013)
"Never Refuse A Procedure, No Matter How Many Times You've Done It...
I was surprise at the scope of what an x-ray tech does. It's not just figuring out if a bone is broken. We take images of every major body system, and do some very strange procedures." (X-Ray Technician Or Radiologic Technologist; 2013)
"Cross Training Is A Must...
I was very surprised at how close and how comfortable people are with you. Once you close that door people will tell you almost anything about there life personal or health related. they trust you because they think you know things that they don't. You have to be able to think outside the box." (Radiologic Tech; 2013)
"I am surprised by the level of care in my field, most people in my field have a high level of patient care that I did not expect going through college. I also learned that you have to be patient and great interpersonal skills, because patients are at their worst and need a voice of support during their worst times in life." (Radiologic Technologist; 2012)
Radiologic Technologist: "Some of the best parts of being a Radiologic Technologist is the patient contact. I enjoy talking with my patients and getting a short history of their injury or pain and figuring out the best approach to get the best X-ray. I also like that Radiologic Technologist has many different responsibilities. One day could be mostly outpatients and the next day could be mostly inpatients or Emergency Room/Walk In patients. The worst part of the job is the physical lifting of patients who are unable to walk or move." (2011)
X-Ray Technologist: "Study well so that you are able to pass the board exams needed to become an X-ray technologist. It is important to know a lot of physics and science as well as anatomy of the body." (2013)
X-Ray Technologist: "Take additional psychology classes, you will need them to understand others. Be prepared to have some people tugging at your heart strings." (2013)
X-Ray Technician Or Radiologic Technologist: "When you do your clinical rotations, you have to do everything asked of you. Just because you've done a thousand hand x-rays doesn't mean you shouldn't jump to do the next one." (2013)
Radiologic Tech: "The longer you do this job they better you get. And you can really help people." (2013)
Research Technician: "Math and physics are critical to understanding radiology technologies. Take as much math and physics as possible" (2013)
Radiologic Technologist: "I would highly recommend doing a job shadow in the Radiology Department. This will give you a hands on experience of how the X-rays are taken and processed. I would also recommend taking an Anatomy and Physiology class to see if the medical field is something that interests you. I would also recommend talking with people in the Medical or hospital field to get a feel for the job. You could also read some articles on line as you may want to start in General Radiology but might be later interested in Cat Scan or MRI." (2011)