A lot of people don’t seem to know that being a Radiology Technician can actually be a fun job. Obviously, it’s a very important job, with a heavy emphasis on patient contact.
1) Even though it is our job to administer certain tests, like MRI’s, x-rays, and mammograms, we will very rarely ( if ever) be the one to make the formal diagnosis about the results of that decision. That should be a judgment call that is made by a physician, no matter how much the patients might ask.
2) Although we can’t make the formal diagnosis, after a while, you’re likely to eventually have a good idea of what is wrong with a patient when you see the test results. Because of this, you will also have an enormous amount of confidential information about patients, and you can never disclose any of that information, or your opinion about anything to do with the patient.
3) We need to be able to interpret the results of the tests, and then to give them to the doctor. Therefore, it is really important that we are able to work well with others, even under severe time restrictions.
4) The proper positioning of the patient at all times during each scan or procedure could be the difference between an accurate result and a misleading result. That means that we need to be effective communicators, particularly since some of the patients that we are helping are sick, hurt or scared.
5) We can never, ever perform a test that has not been ordered by a physician. In some hospitals or clinics, you can do so on a verbal order, but 99% of the time, that order should be in writing. This will not only prevent miscommunications, but helps to ensure prompt insurance payments.
6) If you end up working in a doctor’s office or medical clinic, you might be expected to split your time between your duties as a Radiology Technician and running the front office. That’s something important to bring up if you’re interviewing for that type of position.
7) You could, once you’ve got some experience under your belt, teach the subject. More than one Radiology Technician has gone on to educate groups of hopeful students, and the health field is unusual in that you often do not need teaching experience to share your knowledge.
8) Being able to do our job well, even under immense stress, could mean the difference between a patient’s life and death, or them being able to receive an appropriate diagnosis.
9) We should be able to show compassion to the patients we are seeing. Medical personnel might be the only people that know of the health crisis he or she is experiencing, so we need to be sensitive to each person’s individual situation.
10) Approximately half of the time that you spend learning will be spent performing the skills that you learn. The other half is in an actual classroom setting, as with any college class.