Choosing a Radiology Technician School
For those of you who wish to take
up a career as a radiology technician, you need to learn how
to select a radiology technician school where you will be offered
the best radiologic technologist program to get you through your
training and educate you on your chosen subject.
Unlike several leading industries,
the medical field does not appear to have been affected by economic
problems and this is the reason why many people are opting for
careers within this area. There is an endless amount of opportunities
open to those wanting to venture into the medical industry and
positions such as radiology employment, for example, are well paid and regularly
sought after. A career as a radiology technologist can take the job holder
anywhere and you could find yourself working in a small office, a clinic or a
large hospital. However, when considering where to train you need to completely
understand the skills required and the demands made as far as this kind of job
is concerned and this will help you to select the right radiology tech school where your radiology technologist
career goals can be achieved.
The job of radiologic technologist
involves working with X-ray and ultrasound equipment in order
to explain the process and techniques used and give the results
of the diagnosis to the patient. The machines used also have
to be maintained by the job holder. The average annual salary
is in the region of $35,000 and $45,000, the exact amount being
determined by where the work takes place. This could be in a
clinic, a hospital, a nursing home or all manner of other health
facility locations. It is useful to know which of these locations
you would prefer to work in and what type of degree and training
is needed prior to deciding which radiology school to attend.
The training provided at radiology
schools has to be successfully completed in order to become
a radiologist. The duration of the training is usually two years
but there are four year courses on offer too. A radiologic technologist
student can obtain a degree or a certificate. The latter is
more often than not recommended for someone who is already trained
and working in the medical field and looking for a change in
career direction. A good program will be with an accredited
college and hands on training using and maintaining the relevant
equipment and dealing with patients will be part of the training
program. When the program has been completed a person can then
begin their career as a certified technician.
With so many options of different
radiology education programs available, the one you choose all comes down
to a matter of personal choice. Of course, personal needs also
have to be taken into account when looking for a program to
fit in with your schedule as it is necessary that you are able
to attend class without disturbing or interfering with your
other daily obligations.
It goes without saying that a good
understanding of a career in this field is necessary before
embarking on radiology training. If you are fully aware of the
kind of skills you are required to have and the things you need
to learn about, this will help you to choose the best school
for you and by collecting together these details the program
choosing task can be made so much easier. The radiology technician program you opt
for should allow you to begin work in your new and interesting
career as soon as the training is completed.
|Cancer Treatment Does Not
The Journal of Clinical Oncology has recently
published the results of a research which apparently shows that the use of radiation and
chemotherapy to treat cancer in young patients does not seem to expose them to a higher risk
of birth defects in their babies.
For quite some time now, a vast majority of
physicians have stuck with the belief that young cancer patients may be at risk while
undergoing cancer treatment which involves the use of potent drugs and radiation. This risk
is augmented when radiation is used within the proximity of the reproductive organs and that
it may have chronic effects on the DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) of both sperm and egg cells.
In the midst of these theories, the authors of the study said they felt reassured with the
results they came up with.
||Campaign on Children’s
Radiopharmaceutical Dose Management
It is no secret that younger
children have more sensitive bodies and therefore will be less tolerant to radiation
exposure as compared to adults. In view of this, guidelines have been put in place in order
to allow nuclear medicine technologists to use appropriate radiopharmaceutical doses on
According to American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
exam development coordinator Roxanne Koenen, B.S., R.T.(N)(ARRT), CNMT, PET, “The new
guidelines give nuclear medicine professionals an important tool to perform diagnostic
studies on children. They fill a void that has been present in many nuclear medicine
departments by recommending doses that have been tested and accepted by top professionals in
pediatric nuclear medicine. The importance of using the lowest dose possible to achieve a
diagnostic study is important for all patients, but especially crucial for children.”
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