Health Care Careers in the Field of Imaging. Shari Workman, MSM,PHR,CIR MultiCare Health System Senior Recruiter/Employment Specialist

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1 Health Care Careers in the Field of Imaging Shari Workman, MSM,PHR,CIR MultiCare Health System Senior Recruiter/Employment Specialist

2 What is Health Care Imaging? Technologists working with patients, using high tech equipment, assisting physicians in diagnosing a health care problem, so that it may be treated.

3 Imaging Technologists Make Good Money! A two year degree at a community college is all that s required to be well compensated As of , MultiCare Health System s Starting Pay per hour for Imaging Technologists: (multiply by 2080 hours to find annual salary) Nuclear Medicine Technologists: $26.75/hr MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Technologists: $26.12/hr CT (Computed Tomography) Technologists: $23.90/hr Radiology Technologists: $21.71/hr CVT (Cardiovascular)Technologists: $25.40/hr Ultrasound Technologists $26.49/hr Radiation Therapist $25.30/hr

4 Large Demand for Imaging Techs Very few schools offer Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, and classes to learn MRI, and CT Need is much greater than the nursing shortage we all hear so much about Must have an aptitude for science, math, physics

5 Successful Imaging Technologist Qualities: You must have good customer service skills with patients and co-workers Must like to help others who are often times grouchy with pain Must be able to be tolerant of exposure to bodily fluids Must be creative in your ability to problem solve

6 Successful Imaging tech Qualities (continued) Must enjoy being active and like working with a variety of people. Must have good communication, problem-solving and analytical skills Must enjoy physically demanding work. Tasks on a typical day include assisting lifting patients, transporting patients on stretchers or in wheelchairs, and moving heavy portable imaging equipment within the hospital. Must like to work in a fast paced and stressful environment, and you will be on your feet for several hours at a time. Must also respond to audio signals and alarms Must be able to differentiate between subtle shades of gray on a diagnostic image. (Bellevue Community College website)

7 Radiology Technologist Radiologic technologists, or Rad Techs, are key members of a healthcare team who create images used to diagnose patient injury or illness. They use sophisticated equipment to produce radiographic images, or x-rays, of the human body at the request of a physician

8 CT Technologist Computed Tomography (Cat Scan) involves computer analysis of a series of cross-sectional scans made along a single axis of a bodily structure or tissue, and is used to construct a three-dimensional image of that structure. It is used to detect medical problems such as tumors or brain aneurysms. (answers/health.com)

9 Magnetic Resonance Imaging The MRI tech uses the newest, and perhaps most versatile, medical imaging technology available producing highly refined images of the body's interior without surgery By using strong magnets and pulses of radio waves to manipulate the natural magnetic properties in the body, this technique makes better images of organs & soft tissues than those of other imaging modalities. MRI is particularly useful for imaging the brain and spine, as well as the soft tissues of joints and the interior structure of bones.

10 Ultrasonographers Sonographers use uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to form an image of body tissues. Sonographers image many areas of the body, including: Obstetrics Gynecology Abdomen The Vascular System Heart Brain Prostate Breast Musculoskeletal

11 Nuclear Medicine Techs Nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs) use radioactive material to detect the presence of disease or injury. Using hightech cameras, technologists create images to provide information about the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body.

12 Cardiovascular Tech CVT s assist physicians in the field of interventional cardiology, which attempts to save people from having heart attacks by restoring blood flow to diseased areas of the heart. They assist surgeries, give clot dissolving drugs, operate cardiac assist pumps, and assist in other cardiac emergency procedures.

13 Radiation Therapists The Radiation Therapist is responsible for administration of radiation treatments, an important component in treating cancer Radiation therapy, may be used alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Radiation therapy is the precise application of ionizing radiation. Radiation therapists use modern high energy linear accelerators and other advanced technologies to treat their patients.

14 Why Become an Imaging Tech? In a larger sense, we're all together in the middle--the middle of a healthcare revolution. As technology advances, the lines continue to blur between modalities. As healthcare demand increases, there's a shortage of practitioners who are qualified to provide it. It is more apparent today than ever before that there is a great need to further the partnership between leading radiologic science organizations, to understand the challenges and work collaboratively for the advancement of the science as a whole. Charles M. Washington President, ARRT(American Registry of Radiologic Technologists ( )

15 Schools in WA State with Imaging Programs to become Radiologic Technologists BELLEVUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (also offers Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy & Ultrasound) BELLINGHAM TECHNICAL COLLEGE COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE, Pasco PIMA MEDICAL INSTITUTE, Seattle APOLLO COLLEGE/SPOKANE SPOKANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (also offers Cardiovascular Tech) TACOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (also offers Ultrasound) CLARK COLLEGE, Vancouver WENATCHEE VALLEY COLLEGE YAKIMA VALLEY COMM COLLEGE

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