This presentation will give viewers a good insight into how radiation can affect the human body. Choosing this topic for my presentation was not a difficult choice to make, as a future radiologic technologist, I find it very important to not only educate others but myself on the necessary precautions needed when dealing with radiation. Throughout my presentation I touch on what a radiographer is, the biological effects of radiation, the early effects of radiation, etc. Overall, I hope you enjoy my presentation!
April 25, 2023
Radiation Effects on Radiologic Technologist
- Tamara DePottey
- April 25, 2023
- MaKenzie Lytle
- Radiologic Technology, Radiology
April 27, 2023 — 7:39 pm
I’m so thankful I get to live in the time where the dangers of radiation exposure is well known and documented. When I first started to really consider pursuing a career in Radiologic Technology I remember googling if Radiologic Technologist have a higher rate of diseases like cancer because it was a genuine concern of mine. It was something that made me question if I wanted to continue on that path. Now after learning about all the precautions and safety measures that have been put in place make me feel safe, as a Radiologic Technology student, pursuing a career in this field of work. If I would’ve found something just like your presentation back when I was questioning my decision I would’ve had so much more confidence in making my final decision. I hope someone who was like me who had no knowledge behind anything that had to do with radiation safety and precautions finds your video presentation. The way you presented and conveyed the information was very thorough, but not so thorough that it became confusing, and that’s exactly what I think people are looking for. I enjoyed watching and learning from your presentation so thank you!!
May 1, 2023 — 9:48 pm
I agree with you, in fact I probably wouldn’t be practicing radiography if the effects hadn’t been documented by others. I’m so happy you found my presentation helpful because I really do want to educate others about the effects of radiation. Radiation seems scary and can be scary if not handled properly, and what I mean by that is not protecting yourself and others when being exposed to radiation. However, any job is going to come with some risk factors, and I totally understand if others question or steer away from radiography due to this reason. But my goal with this presentation was to educate anyone interested in this career or someone who just finds it interesting because it’s not something that’s talked about often! Was there another career you were leaning towards if you found out the health risk for this career were too risky? I considered other options due to worrying about the health risk associated with this career, until I was fully educated on this matter of course. Overall, I appreciate your feedback and appreciate you watching my presentation!
April 27, 2023 — 9:10 pm
I loved your presentation, it was so informative! And it shined a light on how important it is to be pro-active and protect yourself always as a radiologic technologist. I thought it was great that you pointed out the effect of radiation on your eyes because its something you do not always think of and the repercussions if you do not have the proper eye protection.
As someone going into the field of radiology, are you personally concerned about the effects of radiation on yourself?
April 28, 2023 — 9:37 pm
I’m so glad you found my presentation to be informative! Prior to starting the radiography program, I had no knowledge of what precautions radiologic technologist should take when assisting with certain exams, it wasn’t something I was too concerned with at the time. As you stated, a lot of times individuals don’t think of how things can affect different parts of their body when being exposed to radiation. My goal with this presentation was to show how far medicine and radiology has come over the years, and to help individuals comprehend how radiation may alter an individual’s health. Unfortunately, I think with any job there’s going to be risks and mine just happens to be the possible negative effects radiation will have on my body. Obviously, I consider what that looks like now and what precautions I need to be taking during radiography exams. So far, I love the different type of work technologist can perform but I can see myself possibly furthering my education down the road for health concern reasons and having a family history of cancer. How do you feel about being exposed to radiation daily? Overall, I’m excited and eager to educate others on radiography and grow as I learn more myself!
May 1, 2023 — 5:35 pm
I loved your presentation! You always do such a thorough job in explaining your topic and going into depth about it. I liked how you first started off by explaining what a radiologic technologist does for their job. I also liked how simple you explained radiation and how humans don’t see it but it can effect us. It was interesting to see the photo you chose to show about radiation on skin… do you think this ever happen anymore… with the safety lead we have today? I also think the Edison and Dally story is interesting. I wonder how they knew the hair loss, ulcers on skin, and etc was caused by radiation. I appreciate how you went into depth about cataracts as well. When first starting at my clinical site my preceptor mentioned that you can get cataracts from x-ray radiation and I was so surprised. I had never known this to be true; however, it is good to know surgery can help fix this. Thanks for your presentation, this was amazing!!
May 1, 2023 — 9:35 pm
I’m so glad you found my presentation to be full of information and hopefully you learned something new! Regarding your question, I think that it could be possible to develop the dermatitis or radiation burns if not using the correct safety measures as a technologist. It would be unlikely just because as radiographers we are taught how radiation effects the body and it wouldn’t be a good practice on our end to not abide by set protocols based off what we know and practice in clinic. However, this can defiantly be seen in patients receiving any type of radiation treatment, or if we expose a patient at distance below 40 inches. Honestly, I believe that Edison started to catch onto the effects as the days went on because his assistant became sicker and sicker. I love that you knew something about how cataracts can form with radiation exposure because prior to my research I had no idea. It’s defiantly scary because eyesight is such an important aspect of our senses, wearing the protective eyewear is essential. Have you seen any of the technologist with the protective eyewear at clinical? I have yet to see anyone wear them. Thank you for watching my presentation, I’m glad you enjoyed it.
May 4, 2023 — 6:11 pm
Great information to share and you did a nice job explaining it. It is fascinating seeing how far technology has come over the years. Digital Imaging has helped to decrease radiation exposure to our patients. In addition the technologist plays such a key role in reducing radiation exposure to our patients and ourselves while working in this occupation. Do you think the ASRT campaigns of Image Wisely and Image Gently have played a key role in reminding technologists to minimize radiation exposure to their patients?