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Respiratory Therapy vs Rad Tech - Blog
Respiratory Therapy vs Rad Tech 
Difference between Respiratory Therapist and Radiologic Tech 
 I became interested in radiology when I was in high school and I injured myself and I had to have an X-ray and I talked to the technologist that was taking my X-rays and I really thought that would be something that I would like to do so I went to see my guidance councillor and she helped me find a school.
 One of the main goals of a X-ray technologist is to provide images for radiologist, a radiologist is a physician that is trained in interpreting the images that we create as the technologist. There are five different modalities and they are diagnostic radiology which is the every day radiology tech that you see taking images of a broken leg or arm then there is a CT technologist that takes pictures or images with a computerised generated pictures and then there are MRI technologists and those images are taken with a Magnetic Frequency, there is an ultrasound technologist who provides images with sound and then there is a nuclear medicine technologist where those images are produced after you are injected with a radio pharmaceutical.

 There are a lot of advancements, there are also a lot of opportunity to cross train. One of the best things that happened to me over my career was is I was doing a routine exam on a patient and when I was reviewing the images, I noticed something that didn't look quite right to me so I took it to the radiologist and he pointed out that it was an aneurism that could possibly have saved the gentleman's life.

 We are a small community hospital so our rad techs interact with a lot of different types of physicians who are teaching school so there are some interns in residence. A typical workday is you will report to work, there will be a board with your name and what your assignment for the day is, you could be assigned to the ER room, you could be assigned to surgery, you could be assigned to the fluoroscopy room for the day. Right now we have people that work for eight hours a day, ten hours a day or twelve hours a day so there is a schedule that would meet everybody's needs.

 I think you need to be in very good physical shape, it's a very physical job, you have to help patients to get up out of their wheelchairs and onto tables and get them into position you need to have them in to get the images that you need for the physicians. As a manager, I think I look for people that are self motivated, self starting that have a real desire to help people, an outgoing friendly personality, part of your job is to put somebody at ease, they are in a hospital, they don't feel well and a lot of it's scary and quite confusing to them so you really need to be able to talk to them and make them feel comfortable with you and your professionalism and your abilities.

 What I would recommend to a high school student taking a look at radiology as a field of choice?

 Number one, make sure that you are fluent in your sciences, your biology and your chemistry as with a lot of other healthcare careers, those are very important when working with a human body. Secondly, math is very important because you do take care of your own equipment and those equations are going to be important in this position. The salary range is anywhere between thirty to forty thousand per year, you need to have at least an associate%u2019s degree with a local community college or university, you can get a bachelors but most hospital settings will require only an associate%u2019s degree, for more information about radiology positions, our blog has detailed information on their about positions as well as the ability to apply for those positions.

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