I'm considering going to school to become an RT. I'm just starting my research on this. I'm concerned about the health risks related to a job that works with radiation. If I became an RT, would I be at a higher risk for cancer, etc.? How do you protect yourself from exposure?
May 27, '07
Hogwash! At least regarding the safety of radiology today. Everyone knows someone who has or has had cancer. What are their personal risks? Smoker? Family History?
wears radiation detecting badges on their uniforms. They are tested monthly. No one ever shows any exposure to radiation at all. We have pregnant women working in radiology and nuclear medicine. No radiation has ever shown up! The portables done in the patients rooms are done with lead aprons on and the machines of today are dramatically improved over the ones used years ago. I wouldn't be scared of radiation in the least!
I am an RN who works in medical imaging. From my perspective, CT, MRI and ultrasound etc...is an awesome field to be in. I have heard the techs comenting on how hard it is to get into radiology school because there are so few spots available and they says it's getting harder for radiology professionals to get full-time positions. That's what I'm hearing but I wouldn't let the safety be an issue in deciding your future. Good Luck!
Last edit by DutchgirlRN on May 27, '07