Personal Essay: A Career In Radiography

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”- Mahatma Gandhi. My interest in radiography developed from a variety of work experiences and stemmed from my passion for biology. I personally believe a good radiographer needs to have certain characteristics to be successful at their profession.
I got the opportunity to shadow a radiographer in the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital. Although I was only there for a short period of time I saw general x-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds. The images I saw in absence of being able to observe the exam included bariums (swallows and enema), MRI and I was also shown an interesting cases folder they keep for students. I feel the opportunity solidified my desire to work in radiography. It conveyed that it is a career that combines three elements which I am interested in; patient care, technology and science.
I have a great interest in science- particularly biology which I
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I feel this contrast has given me the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life. Throughout my time there I undertook a number of jobs including helping the residents to their activities and playing stimulating games such as bingo and bowls. It was a very hands on working environment and I was constantly on my feet responding to the resident’s needs. It was difficult manoeuvring residents into wheelchairs and coaxing anxious residents into participating in social activities but I enjoyed the challenge. Reassuring anxious patients, to me, mirrored the way radiographers must be able to be empathetic and reassure nervous patients. I feel communicating with the elderly developed my interpersonal skills as I had to speak slowly and clearly. I loved building up trusting relationships with the people and felt rewarded after every day as I knew I had helped people with their day to day lives and their happiness was my
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