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Transcript of RADIOGRAPHY
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS
As a radiographer you can work in a variety or environments including hospitals and private clinics, and in numerous areas within those institutions. This profession provides a very diverse environment that is different every day, and a ranging opportunity for hours as many radiographers work shift-work.
While performing a scan, you are separated from the radiation by lead-lined glass, and following a scan you may work in a separate area to develop the image.
If entering this profession, I feel it will be difficult to adjust to the always changing environment because as an analyzer/thinker I am a planner and respond well to schedules and stability.
In this profession it is important to be able to communicate with a team, as well as calmly communicate with patients and their families. Getting an x-ray can be frightening, as it is not something experienced frequently. This can cause fear in patients and their families. When performing an x-ray, it is important for the patient not to move, so you must be able to explain why this is necessary as well as explain why the family cannot stay with the patient during the scan without increasing their level of fear and anxiety.
Out of the three professions, I feel the communication requirement of radiography is best suited to me. I am not a hugely social person so the idea that you rarely treat a patient more than once and therefore do not need to form a close relationship with them would be easiest for me.
ROLE/ SKILL SET
Radiography is a common form of diagnostic imaging. The role of a radiographer is to use ionizing radiation to capture images which can aid physicians in diagnosing patients. This career is very diverse, with endless opportunities related to imaging. In addition to general external radiography, radiographers can perform invasive procedures, work with mobile equipment, work in operating rooms, work in a specialized area such as mammography, and work in the morgue.
A radiographer must value accuracy and pay attention to details as you do not want to have to take an image more than once to limit radiation exposure to the patient. You must also be very aware of your surroundings as safety is a huge part of this profession, have good communication skills and have the ability to adapt to varying situations as this profession has a wide variety of applications.
This job is more physically demanding than mentally demanding. The physical demands of this job include the ability to position patients, having the strength to move the imaging equipment as well as having the health to work varying hours, as many radiographers are on call and do shift work. This job can be emotionally challenging in cases where images reveal serious diagnoses. Also, there is a lot of pressure associated with this job due to the dangers of radiation exposure, so it is important that you have the mental strength to deal with these pressures.
In this presentation, I learned that the allowed occupational dose of radiation is twenty times that of the public dose. Alana raised this topic and made me aware of the fact that it is expected a radiographer will accumulate more radiation than members of the public.
To limit radiation exposure, I plan to be aware of the risks and to learn and practice all the necessary safety precautions extremely efficiently.
Although it is common sense that there is a higher potential for radiation exposure for someone working with radiation on a daily basis, this numerical fact shocked me and made me question the safety of this profession.
In addition to learning the occupational dose of radiation, the monitoring of these doses by TLD badges was also new information. I think this information stood out to me because I have never understood how they track radiation exposure, nor the amounts deemed okay for people to receive.