A question often asked by those that are seeking a career in the x-ray technician field is: What are the dangers of the job? While being an x-ray tech there are obvious advantages about the position such as pay and the opportunity for advancement. However, like many jobs there can be various problems that may arise and one of these potential problems is the possible risk to your health. Below you will learn a little more about these risks:
Exposure to Radiation
This is one of the biggest risks you will run into while on the job. You work with patients daily to take an x-ray of their body. As you will no doubt learn in school is that if you are exposed to large amounts of radiation then there is a risk of being diagnosed with cancer. While this can be scary do not let this risk deter you from becoming an x-ray technician. There are steps in place to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. As a technician you will be showed how to properly operate the x-ray machines safely out of the room, which will greatly limit how much radiation you are exposed to. You will also be given information on how to use the proper attire:
· Lead apron
· Thyroid protectors
· Radiation monitoring badges used to measure the amount of radiation you have been exposed to
As a technician you will be working with patients that may have limited mobility from a broken leg, back or another injury or disability. This means that it would be up to you to lift them on the chair or table for positioning to have an x-ray taken. If you do not lift correctly or you do not have the assistance of a nurse or a fellow technician then you may run the risk of injury to your own back. Back problems is a very common occurrence and in your training you will offered the information needed on how to perform a lift or how to properly use the tools provided to make lifting easier for you and for the patient.
Standing For Long Periods of Time
While this may not seem like a huge issue, you WILL be on your feet for a long period of time. In a fast paced job at a hospital or other medical facility you will go for hours without sitting. You need to ensure that you have high quality shoes. There are a number of facilities that will provide you a list of stores in your area that provide shoes made specifically with medical professionals in mind.