Shadowing a Radiologist

I had a wonderful day with the Radiologist I shadowed yesterday. For the morning, I sat with him in his reading room. I don’t know what to call it…it is the room with all of the monitors that he reads X-rays, CT scans, etc. on.

All ready and trying to look professional:)

All ready and trying to look professional:)

He was a wonderful teacher. He pointed out everything that he saw. He made sure that I knew what he was looking for. I felt very comfortable asking questions related to and not related to the direct complaint of the patient.

Then I ate lunch with the technicians. I just have to say that I have loved every single tech or therapist that I have observed. I love that they are a team whereas a doctor isn’t with a group of doctors all day, at least in our small hospital.

After lunch, I spent the day going with whatever tech was doing something interesting. A list of the techs that were on duty: ultrasound, mammogram (although I did not observe that), CT, MRI, X-Ray.

I fell in love with the ultrasound! Actually, I fell in love with the pregnancy ultrasound:) I don’t find all the other ultrasounds very interesting. While I was in MRI, she showed me some pictures of an MRI she had done on Monday or Tuesday of a lady very close to delivery. I could see the spine and the eyes and the head and the feet and fingers and everything on the baby!! Maybe that shows that I should be an Obstetrician 😀

Now for the summary of my thoughts on radiology.

I don’t want to be a radiologist! I need more hands on. I didn’t see any procedures, such as biopsies, because the nurse was sick yesterday. I still don’t think that I could read X-rays for the majority of the day in a dark room!

The more I think about it, the more I realize that it really showed me that I need to find an Ob to shadow. I had a fun day, but I know what I need to do next: find someone in the Ob/Gyn field to shadow, whether that be a nurse or a doctor or a PA.

So there is my day shadowing a Radiologist.

Today, we went out to our friend’s house to swim. I burned on my shoulders! Ugh and ouch. But that was fun as well. After we were done swimming, we drove around with them on their golf cart just talking, and talking, and talking. Beautiful day:)

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