Today, we're going to take an x-ray look into radiology.
[ Music ] Radiological technologist Christine Murphy loves to help people feel comfortable in not so comfortable positions.
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Hey, I can make perhaps a procedure that you're really hesitant about having to something pleasant.
So, what does it mean to be a radiologist?
What we do is as a radiological technologist is of course to take x-rays. And to create a diagnostic image.
As you may have guessed, hazard is part of the job. And because of that, Christine takes the utmost precautions. So what kind of precautions do you have to take being in this kind of field?
Well, number one you also want to take care and protect your patient. Okay. After all x, radiation is involved.
Radiation? Did she say radiation?
Well, I'm ready to go.
Good, I'm going to give you a uniform.
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Depending on where you work, your schedule will vary. But one thing is for sure, you'll need to have strength and stamina.
It's a very, very demanding, and physical job. There's a lot of lifting involved, pushing a portable exam to a patient's bedside is demanding.
What's the bar bones of radiologic technologist? A two-year associate degree is necessary. And there are a variety of fields to specialize in.
You can go into MRI, CAT Scan, Nuclear Medicine.
With the ever-advancing medical fields, learning is never done for a radiologist.
We need to keep up with continuing education courses. Okay. Before it used to be like 12 in a two-year pro, period, now it's 24.
While a large number of radiologists work in hospitals, there are other options.
You have your private offices. You have your trauma centers. You have doctor's offices, you know that have x-ray.
If becoming a radiologic technologist is in your future, then the job outlook is good.
They also project that in the year 2016, that there's going to be an increase of about 15 percent just in the field of radiology and 20 to 25 percent in nuclear medicine.
Now, you're probably eager to find out the starting salary.
A, a new graduate, without experience, would be somewhere in like in maybe the 14 to 16 dollar an hour range.
Now that you're on your way, there are a few characteristics that Christine things a good radiologist should have.
You have to have integrity, you have to have compassion, you need to care.
Now that you've had a look inside this career, I'm about to do a chest x-ray.
[ Sounds of machines ] I'm Nicole Erin with YouniversityTV, we'll catch you later.
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