Medical staff includes more than just nurses and doctors. Within the walls of the hospital, there are various roles that make the hospital run well. One of those areas is diagnostic imaging.
Imaging studies play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Today, with diverse jobs, flexible schedules, high salaries, and great incentives for students, diagnostic imaging is the perfect career path for those who are passionate about helping people.
Career in diagnostic imaging
There are a variety of careers and growth opportunities in the field of diagnostic imaging.
“This is a fascinating area,” said Jessica Valento, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, Health Information and Information Technology at Fairview Range. “Generally she can start as an X-ray technician and learn new modalities such as CT and mammography.”
Radiologists: These doctors specialize in interpreting diagnostic images and providing diagnoses. Beyond imaging, we may also perform image-guided procedures such as biopsies. They work closely with various diagnostic imaging technicians.
Radiologists: Rad technicians perform imaging tests such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. They work under the supervision of a radiologist and are responsible for patient positioning, operating imaging equipment, and ensuring that the images produced are of high quality.
Medical Imaging Assistants: Medical Imaging Assistants provide diagnostic imaging support to patients with the knowledge and ability to gather, evaluate, and intervene in patient care as needed. This position does not require a degree and is a great stepping stone to learning about imaging and what positions are right for you.
Ultrasound Technician: Ultrasound technicians use ultrasound technology, specialized cameras, and computer programming to create images of internal organs, blood vessels, and other parts of the body. These tests are used to diagnose and treat diseases.
Nuclear Medicine Technician: In this role, the nuclear medicine technician uses small amounts of radioactive material to produce images of different parts of the body.
CT scan technicians: Using computed tomography (CT) scanners, CT technicians create images that represent cross-sections inside the body, which they use to administer medical diagnoses and advice.
“I’m studying general X-rays right now, but I plan to specialize,” says Delaney Nelson, a radiology student at Lake Superior College. “I am currently doing clinical work at Grand Itasca and they have been amazing. Everyone is so excited about me learning, growing and doing well. ”
Flexible schedules: The latest generation of graduates want jobs that offer a good work-life balance. At smaller hospitals such as Fairview Range and Grand Itasca, imaging employees have access to flexible schedules that work for them.
“We work with people to identify the best schedule for them while meeting our needs,” explains Valento. “Some people only work the afternoon shift, others work six days and take eight days off.”
$25,000 as Bounty: With baby boomer retirees on the rise and not enough people to fill the role, the health care system has long-term thinking about future hiring. The Fairview Range now has student-to-employment incentive programs available. Grand Itasca has a very similar program called Education to Employment.
how do they work? If you are an imaging student and sign on to work at either hospital for two years after graduation, you will receive up to $25,000 to cover school supplies, tuition, and daily living expenses.
“I think the Education to Employment program is great,” explains Delaney Nelson. “Balancing school and a full-time job can be really difficult financially. Money takes a lot of the financial burden off your plate.”
Great Career Choices: If you or someone you know is trying to find their own career path, consider imaging. It’s a smart career move, with lots of job options, flexible schedules, and great incentives for students.
“I thought about becoming a nurse because of my passion for anatomy, but I realized that radiology was a better fit for me, so I pursued that passion,” says Nelson.
To learn more about this career path and opportunities, contact Jessica Valento at Fairview Range at jessica. firstname.lastname@example.org or Caitlin Erickson of Grand Itasca (email@example.com).
Submitted by Fairview Range.