Personal Career Analysis: Radiology
Radiology is most often assumed to just be ultrasounds of babies. However, a radiologist technician is the individual that performs and examines any digital images on patients. If someone has broken a bone or messed up a joint, the x-rays help determine what action needs to take place for the healing process. This specific field has not always been a first choice to major in at school because of the competitive edge, but the medical world has surrounded many people throughout their life. After a young adolescent watches their grandfather suffer from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, she has a passion in her heart to help others. Just when the worst seems to disappear, perhaps her grandmother gets diagnosed with cancer and her father suffers from being bipolar. Seeing fights and spending weekends on end in a hospital or nursing home is not the typical life for a child. One would think after being around it for so long, it is time to go a different route in life. No, it allows a special privilege to be able to relate to patients, yet be a professional.
It is amazing how far technology has come in just a few years. The part of being a technician that interests me the most is trying to get the slightest idea of how a simple ray can transmit through the body without harm and come out with a picture. In order to meet the educational requirements, all of the criteria classes need to be met. Typically is takes two years and then two years of clinical after you get in the radiology program. Radiology technicians must also be licensed in most states by passing an exam from The American Registry of Radiologist Technologist (Bureau of Statistics). The upper division classes are internships and clinical practice. These give a potential candidate hands on experience, while learning lab and people skills at the same time. I personally plan to meet all of these requirements by doing my best in classes and taking classes that might not...
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