Rad Tech Salary, Education, Working Condition & Career

 To become a rad technician, one has to complete at least a 2-year associate degree from an accredited community college to be eligible to sit for the required professional exams and practice (according http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Radiology-Technician). Furthering one's education into a 4-year radiology program and even going further, greatly enhances one's chances of attracting more income for themselves and being entrusted with much higher positions and responsibilities as well. One is required to have a sound mastery of the human anatomy and physiology, some physics, radiology safety and dealing with patients without aggravating them in any way. There are clinical or practical sessions that one is required to take right after going through classroom courses to help them better their skills with dealing with the radiology equipments that they will encounter every day in their career.

Working Condition

 Unlike what most people outside the medical profession think, the working environment and conditions of a rad tech is very clean and exciting for all that would like to jump into the profession. A radiologic technologist operates very sophisticated state-of-the-art radiology equipment designed to take clear and accurate images of virtually any part of the body, and present them to physicians and other medical professionals for diagnostic purposes and further analysis of patient's health condition.

Salary and Benefits

 The environment is very clean, quiet and formal with many interactions with other medical professionals who rely on the radiological imaging to make their diagnosis or to ascertain certain kinds of medical conditions before they proceed further with their patient's treatment options. The salary for a X-radiation technician in the current job market, is in the upwards of $65,000 and is foretasted to increase (source: http://radiologytechniciansalarysource.com). There are bound to be some variations depending on one's locality or region of employment as well as their level of education and experience in the field. Whatever the variation, a medical radiation technologist should expect to have a secure job with a very steady and decent income.

Reasons to Become a Radiology Technician

 As the day goes by, similar situations continue to present themselves and just like the colors of the rainbow that can mix themselves into an infinite number of hues, so is the nature of experiences that come with this position, and it is very exciting indeed. Overall, this is a very exciting career that involves handling lots of technological equipment in a very clean and professional environment as well as dealing with other medical experts in a very fast-paced environment. It is true that the academic requirements or the college training to become a radiology technician can be quite a challenging or daunting task for many student; however, the benefits that come after competing the radiology program and landing oneself a job, are far much rewarding and over-compensates for the struggle. This is definitely a financially rewarding career with great job security and a really promising outlook not only in one country or locality, but all over the world. This is a really great time to become a radiology technician, and I really enjoy it.

How I get into Radiology?

Before I get into about the career and what we do on a daily basis, I’m going to give you just a little bit of background of how I got to where I am today. Because I know that’s from where all of you are starting from. Or most of you. So, way back in time, in 1989 I graduated from High School from Windsor Park Collegiate. 1989 to 1991 I went to the university of Manitoba for 2 years. Kind of us feeling everything out, wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so I decided, after 2 years, University just wasn’t for me. It’s not that’s not for everybody. For everybody. Just not for me. From 1991 to 93, I was a work in progress trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. And, believe it or not, I actually went to a similar type of career symposium. And discovered that this is where I wanted to be, was an X-ray Technologist. I went to Red River College for two years from 93 to 95. From 95 to 2000 I worked at various clinics in the city, rural hospitals doing some casual work. I had my first child during that time. And then, from 2000 until now I’ve been at the Health Sciences Center here in Winnipeg for 13 years. And now at the beginning of that I was a general duty X-ray Technologist working in the General Imaging Department which is where we do hands, wrists, chest X-rays, etc. And I did that for 8 years before I became the Clinical Education Coordinator or, easier way, Clinical Instructor for the Department.

X-ray, mammography, MRI, CT scans

A radiology technician can also be a mammographer, do mammograms. Which is specialized imaging of the breast. So if anyone here has a mother or sister, aunt, grandmother who has a history of breast cancer definitely they have had a mammogram done. And some of them may have had them done without having cancer, just to check, to see, for baseline examinations. And that would have been done as well by an X-ray tech.

An X-ray technologist also does CT scanning. So if you’ve been involved in a car accident it’s a very common… type of event that we would be doing CT scanning for. So that we can see what has been damaged internally. We also take specialized imaging of the vessels in the body. The blood vessels, the arteries, vanes, heart and an R-Ray technologist would also be involved in those types of studies.
Some radiologic technologists go on to become MRI Technologists and they could be taking MRI. That’s an MRI of the brain. Or, they can go on to Ultrasound. They could be doing images of the unborn child of the expected parents.

Career as a X-ray technician

 I am here today to talk to you about the career as an X-ray Technologist. I’ll be giving you some background on what it is to be an X-ray Tech, what you need to do to become one and the different areas of where you could be working one day if you do take the program. X-ray Technologist is a person who takes images of the inside of your body. Whether it’s the bones, your organs, blood vessels… All different types of procedures that we can do to visualize what we can’t see with the naked eye.
 This is an image of a wrist! Some of you who have had X-ray may have done this. And broken your wrist snowboarding, skateboarding, very common injuries. Very common injury for that type of sports or activities. An X-ray Technologist would’ve been the person who took the images for your Doctor so that he could see how badly it’s broken, where it’s broken to put on the cast. To fix it!
 This is an image of a fluoroscopic study which is an image of the organs on the inside. So this is a stomach. And the first part of your small bowel. X-ray Technologist would also be involved in a study. For example: if you go to the Doctor, you have a sore stomach, you don’t know why. They may be sending you to us to drink… As anybody had that special drink? Where they have this kind a choky liquid? What it does is it actually allows us to visualize your stomach, large bowel, small bowel on X-ray to see if there’s something going on that the Doctor needs to fix. To make you feel better.