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for the new radiology student

welcome to the student section of delusional radiology.  by coming here, you have decided that radiology is an oportunity to expand your knoledge and test your limits of skill.  radiology is an enjoyable field where the sky is the limit as to what you can do, or which direction you want to go in.
 
radiology can be the bussiest part of the hospital.  i was given a figure a while ago that about 80% to 90% of all ER patients will have some sort of radiological procedure.
 
here's some of the places that you can go to in radiology:
 
        angiography - vascular imaging.  this is where we focus on mostly the blood vessels of the body.  can be a very intense work enviornment, and can be very difficult at times, personally, it's also a very rewarding part of radiology.  you actually help in the treatment of diseases many times.  it's the closest thing to the OR in radiology. 
 
        bone density - dexa scans.  very easy to perform, but very easy to perform incorrectly as well.  contrary to what some techs believe, it's really not as easy as it looks.
 
        cat scan - this is where i personally shine.  i'm a ct technologist at heart, and at work.  i've personally written an online book that can be downloaded, and i'm working on my second book on performing ct's and cross training x-ray technologists into ct.  CT can be very intense, or it can have a very light schedule to it.  it all depends on the facility.  out patient centers tend to have a set schedule to them, and can limit their "busyness".  on the other hand, hospitals get everything through the ER, in-patient, out patient, OR, any part of the hospital actually.  imagine that your body is a loaf of bread.  what we do is take out a slice of bread, take a picture of that slice, and go on to the next one.  this is where a lot of the 3D imaging comes out of radiology.
 
        mammography - are you over 40?  have you had your mammogram?  if not, why not.  mammograms save lives.  breast cancer is one of the largest forms of cancer, and all it takes is a little squeeze here and there once a year.  to prevent cancer?  yeah, it's that important.
 
        mri - imaging is similar to CT.  differences?  well, about 45 min. to an hour.  mri uses magnetic and rf waves to obtain it's images, rather than the typical x-ray.  this allows for much better soft tissue resolution, and also the ability to see different structures better.  joints, portions of the brain, and muscular studies are usually done under mri.  just remember, don't get ANY metalic structure into the room, or you'll have a flying object.  literally.
 
        nuculear medicine - most radiology is based on exposing film with radiation from an x-ray tube.  nuclear medicine is different.  the patient is injected with a radioactive isotope (chemical - once you're in the program, you'll understand) and that radiation exposes the camera or film.  certain pathology will "uptake" this iostope, and will expose more of the film.  all you mad scientists out there can go ahead and say, "muah ha ha ha!"
 
        radiation therapy - the actual treatment of disease.  i'm not really the person to ask about this.  working at georgetown university hospital, i had close contact to these guys, but they really weren't a part of the radiology department per se.  they fall under similar regulations, and the training is similar, but it really is a different field.
 
        ultrasound - (every time i'm in sono, in the back of my head i always hear that "ping" sound you hear in submarine movies.... ok, i'm nuts.  personally, i can't make heads or tails of sono images.  that's why i'm in CT and not sono.  pro - no radiation at all!  still uses "sectional anatomy", but much is relied on the technologist for the patient's diagnosis.  many times you will need to attend a seperate ultrasound school, but it is not unheard of to cross train.
 
 
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great student links:
 
 -- what's your excuse?  anybody can work in radiology.  if you've got the intention of helping people for a living, think about it.
 
what do i need to know or do before starting my radiology program?
*in progress*
 
 -- no need to ask all those "silly" questions.  you see, i put quotation marks around "silly" because really, the only silly question is one that is not asked.  confusious said that he who does not ask the question, will never know the answer.
 
 -- ok, so i hate phototimers.  they hate me.  the only time i will phototime an exam is when i'm doing chests.  that is all.  this may help you out.
 
 -- a little ditty i did.  i've been asked by students what i would suggest they do.  here's my suggestions.
 
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