Opportunities of Advanced Imaging

Advanced Imaging

Advanced Imaging in the medical field plays an important role in the current healthcare system, and workers with such skills and knowledge are of high demand. There are different opportunities for advanced nursing; an individual with advanced imaging can work as technician, technologists, and assistance or as a nurse in a medical setting. In addition, the person can also work under radiologists or medical specialists. The paper will address advanced imaging in medical field.

I want to pursue radiography in the imaging medical field. I like the fact that it majors in the use of technological equipment for analysis. In this field, I will be able to work with cutting edge technologies such as X-Ray, CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging scans and other imaging technologies to assist doctors in diagnosing and monitoring patient’s condition. My observational skills, analytical skills, and communication skills make radiology a good career for me to pursue. It is clear that I will need to observe, analyze and communicate. Thus, I plan to enroll in an imaging class and to specialize in radiography.

Radiologist technologist requirements for employment varies by states in the US. In Texas, passing an NCT exam and acquiring certification is a requirement to practice as a radiologist. In states such as Michigan, Nevada, and North Dakota among others, an individual has to pass American Radiologist Technologist (ARRT) to qualify for employment as a radiologist in healthcare (Kim & Mansfield, 2014). Moreover, it will be important to describe a typical workday for a radiologist. A typical day for a radiologist is made up of activities such as obtain patient’s history from ER, patient interviews or by communicating with referring clinicians, prepare comprehensive reports, carry out a diagnostic procedure, review and communicate the result.

There exist various common exams in radiology. X-rays are the most common diagnostic imaging exam carried out in a medical facility. It is normally performed for various reasons; diagnose the cause of pain, determine the degree of an injury, evaluate the progression of the disease, and analyze how effective treatments are working (Kim & Mansfield, 2014). Moreover, CT scans are also commonly used in medical facilities. It enables a doctor to view the cross-section of a body, and it is normally ordered when something suspicious appears on an X-ray because it can give detailed images. 

However, in carrying out these operations, it is important for patients to be prepared. For instance, before X-ray exams, a radiologist must ensure that the patient is not wearing any jewelry or tight-fitting clothes that could affect the quality of images. In a CT scan, some test may require a patient to drink or have an injection on an oral contract dye to assist display what is happening in the body. These operations are important and should be considered before carrying out the examination.

Different equipment is used in various imaging examination. For example, during an X-ray examination, an X-ray machine is normally used to operate. The machine focuses on a small amount of radiation on the area of the body to be examined as the image is displayed on a monitor (Duan et al., 2011). On the other hand, for a CT scan procedure, a CT scanner is normally used to carry out the operation. It is a donut-shaped machine where a patient travels through the center as it takes an image.

It is apparent that patients have different expectation before, during and after a radiology procedure. For instance, before the procedure, a patient expects that he or she will be safe and that the equipment will not cause any harm. The patient also expects to change to a hospital gown before the operation to make the process easier (Kim & Mansfield, 2014). During radiology, a patient expects some discomfort or mild pain depending on the type of radiology used. After radiology, a patient expects that the machine performed its role and the image is there for analysis. However, as a radiologist, I will experience changing shapes of the image as the machines try to capture the actual form of the image. After the procedure, there will be an image as the output for the examination.

After a radiology procedure, a radiologist is the one who interprets the result. It is a requirement that the person develops key skills such as analytical and communication to carry out the process effectively. Based on these skills, a radiologist will interpret the results, prepare a report and send to a clinician.

There are many benefits to using radiology. It allows physicians to see inside the body to determine and rule out medical problems and diagnose disease. It assists the patients in understanding their medical issues easily (Kim & Mansfield, 2014). Despite the benefits, there is a risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and other health issues as a result of radiations. 

Due to the perceived risk that comes as a result of radiation, it is always a requirement that the dose is reduced. Thus, under minimal radiation, it becomes ineffective to analyze and have a required image (Markonis et al., 2015). Besides, radiology is usually very costly which makes it challenging for most patients to afford in case of a diagnosis requirement.

The average annual salary for a radiologist in Alabama is $369, 921, California is $201,790, in Texas is $352,332, in Arizona is $386,801 and in Georgia is $221,370. In Alabama, different cities have different salary value. For instance, in Birmingham the average salary is $380,590, in Auburn it is $361,290, In Dothan it is $291,500, in Mobile it is $169,168 and in Huntsville it is $382,635. In Alabama, the counties also have different average salaries. For instance, in Etowah County it is $51,301, Elmore County it is $49,101, in Sumter County it is $49,890, in Coosa it is $50,872 and in Autauga County it is $51,101.

References

Duan, X., Wang, J., Yu, L., Leng, S., & McCollough, C. H. (2011). CT scanner x‐ray spectrum estimation from transmission measurements. Medical physics, 38(2), 993-997.

Kim, Y. W., & Mansfield, L. T. (2014). Fool me twice: delayed diagnoses in radiology with emphasis on perpetuated errors. American journal of roentgenology, 202(3), 465-470.

Markonis, D., Holzer, M., Baroz, F., De Castaneda, R. L. R., Boyer, C., Langs, G., & Müller, H. (2015). User-oriented evaluation of a medical image retrieval system for radiologists. International journal of medical informatics, 84(10), 774-783.