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What have been the most difficult parts about a career as a radiology technician??

the hardest things ; day to day and or getting your certifications in general

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Barbara’s Answer

Hi Luis, Thanks for your question. I have been a tech since 2004 and have worked in clinics and hospitals. We are trained to evaluate every image we take to ensure we are giving the Dr the best information in order to diagnose a patient's condition. I look at each picture I take and need to decide right away, ' is this too light/too dark, lined up correctly, sharp enough, includes enough of the bone? Can I do better?'. Sometimes I take it over, sometimes I send a sub-optimal image because it is useful, but I often wonder what the radiologists think. I have to trust my decisions and not over-judge myself. Sometimes you have to move a patient into a painful position in order to get a good image and that is stressful. When I worked in a surgery clinic, the hardest part was dealing with boredom because a lot of the time I had to be present and just wait until it was time for an X-ray. I'm talking 20 mins or an Hour! You will experience the usual issues of getting along with other people as you will work closely with other techs, and take direction from others, you can't just do your own thing. after all this, it is rewarding to take great, useful images and have a good interaction with a patient or colleague as you accomplish your goal. You can get your certificates as long as you study. I hope this is helpful. I have had many enjoyable times doing my job also!
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Gurpreet’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hey Luis,

I found a few resources you might find helpful in answering this question!
1. A student asked a similar question about the radiology career and received some pretty great advice (https://www.careervillage.org/questions/231857/what-are-your-favorite-and-least-favorite-things-about-your-job)
2. I also found pros and cons, specifically about becoming a rad tech (https://www.careervillage.org/questions/231857/what-are-your-favorite-and-least-favorite-things-about-your-job)

It sounds like the biggest difficulties revolve around being on-call, having to keep up with tech, and licensure.

Please let me know if those don't answer your question, and I can try my best to find other sources that might be able to help!
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