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Wilhelm Röntgen discovered x-sun rays on November eighth, 1895 as he discovered treated card board he was using in routine experiments glowed in a few instances – caused by radiation striking the top. X-Ray Day remembers his discovery, and all sorts of things x-ray from using x-sun rays in apparent places for example hospitals and health care, to less well-known conditions for example food safety and enhanced crop germination.
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What is the safe dose of x-ray radiation in a day?
So you are saying you had three x-ray exposures total? Usually we do a PA (with your chest against a board) and a lateral (side view). You had those, then had to have one of them repeated? I can tell you that chest x-rays use one of the lowest doses of radiation out there. A normal, two view chest x-ray is the equivalent of about 10 days of living on earth, in terms of radiation exposure. We are subjected to radiation exposure from many sources just living on this planet.
"The chest x-ray is one of the lowest radiation exposure medical examinations performed today. The effective radiation dose from this procedure is about 0.1 mSv, which is about the same as the average person receives from background radiation in 10 days."
Many patients who are hospitalized have daily chest x-rays (some of them have several chest x-rays throughout the day, actually). In the mornings, you will see the radiological technologists with their portable x-ray machines doing the tours of ICU, CCU and the general floors.
What is a typical day in the job of a x-ray technican?
There are many schools in many states where you can get trained to be a radiologic technologist (the proper term for a x-ray tech). You can attend a hospital based program (and earn a certificate), a 2 year college program (AS degree), and even a 4 year college program (BS degree). The hospital based programs are the least expensive, and honestly, I think the education received there is superior. Once you graduate and take your registry exam, no future employer is going to care what type of educational program you went through. All they care about is your license. You can find an accredited RT program at this site. Just search "radiography" and your state...links are provided which will give you additional information on each program (cost, duration of program, contact person):
RTs do more than just x-rays of bones. We do fluoroscopy studies (involving the intestinal tract and barium), arthrograms (assisting the radiologist with injecting contrast or dye into joints for evaluation) and myelograms (assisting the radiologist with injecting contrast into the spinal canal). If you work in a hospital setting, you will do portable exams in ICU, CCU, the ER and even surgery. Some RTs take x-rays in the morgue.
At this site, you can read about the different studies we do. These are patient education pages, but you will get the idea of what is involved with different procedures. Scroll down to "radiography":
Most RTs will also become proficient and licensed in other modalities, such as mammography, CT and/or MRI. This training does not require any additional formal training, and is usually learned on the job. The more licenses you have, the more money you can make, as you will be in higher demand. With additional schooling, you can also do ultrasound.
Well, I work in a free standing imaging center. My office is only open M-F, 8:00-5:00. No weekends, nights or call work. In a hospital, most imaging departments are staffed 24 hours a day. You could be scheduled to work nights, PM shifts, weekends, holidays....anytime really!
I highly recommend you do an observation in both a hospital imaging department and a free standing imaging facility. Until you see what RTs do, you won't know if it is the job for you! It would also give you a wonderful opportunity to talk to RTs in your area. Best wishes.....
Oh, another good resource....check out the student area of the ASRT website:
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists just did a large salary survey. The salary varies, depending on your experience, specialties and geographical area. For example, the annual income of a RT in Alabama was $43,196. With additional training, and licensing in MRI scanning, the salary is $51,174. In California, the average RT salary is $71,063. With MRI licensing, it is $83,185. To view, the survey, and see the average salary in your state, you can go to this link: