In my Intro to Imaging class, we did a research project on different modalities. My modality was radiation therapy. I go over what radiation therapy is, the treatment types, average costs, and how to become a radiation therapist.
November 28, 2022
Modality Research – Radiation Therapy
- Tamara Depottey
- November 28, 2022
- Elizabeth ONeil
- Radiologic Technology, Radiology, slideshow+audio
November 30, 2022 — 10:36 am
The presenter did an amazing job of using informative material on radiation therapy. This information has expanded my knowledge of how radiation works, the costs, the equipment, and the different jobs associated with radiation therapy. The presenter did a wonderful job explaining their project with an educational and simple presentation. This presentation sparked my interest in learning more about radiation therapy. This presentation was outstanding; the presenter did an extraordinary job on this project.
November 30, 2022 — 5:37 pm
One of the first things that sparked my attention was when you mentioned that sometimes individuals receive radiation therapy to relieve cancer symptoms! I had yet to learn that physicians offered this option to patients. I enjoyed that you included the radiology oncology team because, often, individuals forget that it takes a group of healthcare professionals to achieve a common goal. One question I have for you is, are all the healthcare professionals present at the time of the treatment being administered? Throughout one of your slides, you mentioned that radiation therapy could range from $7,000 to $40,000, which isn’t feasible for most individuals. Is there a significant decrease in cost for individuals who have insurance? It looks like multiple types of equipment are available within radiation therapy, which is excellent because more options are available for different types of cancer. What kind of cancer is targeted with the linear accelerator?
Although pursuing a career as a radiation therapist sounds interesting, it might also be a challenging environment to handle. You spoke of the steps an individual must take to become a radiation therapist, but what is the job outlook for this career? Also, what type of work environment can these individuals choose from after completion of their program? Overall, you did a great job with your presentation, and I found all your information very informative. I learned something new and might keep this career as an option.
December 1, 2022 — 1:50 pm
I really like your presentation and how throw you are with it. I do appreciate in the first slide. You do explained that there are two different types of radiation therapy, internal and external. I do like how you brought up the roles in the team. I didn’t know that you had to do a physical exam, and CT, MRI or x-ray; but after you do radiation therapy, that you have to do bloodwork, and again city, MRI or x-ray. It’s very fascinating to me.
I do appreciate that you brought up the cost of a treatment. The different machine and how wide the price tag was blew me away. Just a couple questions for you. Do you ever seen yourself becoming a radiology therapist and help with radiation therapy? If you had to choose a system that you would like to learn more about or had the time to learn about what system would you prefer to use it? Is there anything that surprise you when you were researching your topic?
December 1, 2022 — 6:01 pm
You painted a nice picture on this profession, and packed a lot of great information into this presentation. I really enjoyed seeing you during the presentation and could easily follow along with the wealth of information presented. It takes a special person to do this job and I would think would be very rewarding also. Nice overview of the educational path and credentialing. You are right, we are all part of a team when it comes to patient care, one modality can’t do it without the other. It is amazing how expensive health care is and you were able to support why with how expensive equipment and treatments can be. Very nice and informative presentation!
December 1, 2022 — 11:21 pm
I like how in-depth you went with your information but how it was still very to the point rather than beating around the bush. How soon do pateints know when they are going to see results after their radiation therapy? I did not know just how expensive some of the equipment for this modality would cost, it is a lot more than I thought. The set up of how much everything costs flowed together nicely and made it easier to understand. Awesome job, super informative.
December 4, 2022 — 11:31 pm
Great job Lizzy! This gives everyone a lot of information about a subject many people do not know about, unless they have had radiation therapy. Very impressive presentation.