Radiation Protection

Here’s an example of that fancy lead shielding that we get to wear. Comes in a variety of colors, different styles, it’s very, you know, they’re trying to make them look a little bit more stylish, all the time. But they’re still leady prints, they’re heavy. But, for the most part, we’re not wearing them all day, every day. We do take them off in between procedures because you couldn’t possibly wear them all day, you would get a sore back. But they do variations of this, there are styles that have a skirt that wraps all the way around the body as well as a vest, much easier on your back because you don’t have all the weight on your shoulders.

An example of the control booth. So this is the area where the technologist would actually go stand behind the glass to take the picture and the patients are always “How come you get to leave and I don’t?”, you know? It’s because you need to have the radiation to see the pictures, in order to get the images. I’m protecting myself on a daily basis by going behind that glass.
This is just an image of what happens after. After we’ve taken the images they get processed by computer, go directly to an archival system in a network that we have at the hospital and a server, and then the radiologist can actually pull those images up within minutes to actually view them and make a report.