- wanted more involvement in the treatment/healing process
- wanted to learn more about diseases
- wanted to wear a stethoscope (okay partly joking there)
- seemed like more organization in the nursing profession as a whole
- concern about working with radioactive substances (i know they say there's nothing to worry about)
- more variety of work (very important to me)
- didnt think i'd be satisfied having job in which the essence is to operate a machine (no offense to anyone who does)
1. as a radiologic technologist you do have alot involvement in the treatment of patients. Just ask any RT who works in interventional radioology
2. you learn what you want to learn - a great majority of disease processes are first identified ( or verified) by diagnostic imaging
3. you probably would look sharp
4. as a RT you do not touch radioactive materials - Nuclear medicine techs on the other hand do - radiation exposure is reduced by time distance and shielding. an x-ray tube is like a lightbulb radiation is only produced when the tube is energized.
5. go to the ARRT website and see all the possable opportunities available - I will conceed that nursing is far more multi facited.
6. you do opporate a machine but that is only for a fraction of a second - 3/4 of your time spent during an exam is involved with the patient - talking to them to find the reason for the exam ( history), screening the patient to make sure that the exam will not be contraindicated, patients are scared - a good technologist can help even the most frightened/ill patient through what sometimes are scarry and difficult procedure and finally dispence the proper dose of radiation
to obtain the best image possable (ALARA As Low As Reasonably Achievable).