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RT/MRI Technologist, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas
“As an MRI technologist at a children's hospital, I love being able to work with kids. I also work full time as a radiologic technologist at an urgent care center, and it's nice to be able to go between those jobs and do two completely separate things that I love.
“I think that people think that we just sit at a computer and take pictures, but it's so much more than that. The job involves a lot of patient preparation, screening and manipulation of different technical settings to make sure that we get the best image possible. Everyone is different, and every image that we take has to be set to each individual person. It's not just point and shoot; it takes knowing your parameters and guidelines to produce the best results for the radiologists.
“Employers are looking for ptechs who are hardworking, dedicated, and above all willing to be flexible and learn new skill sets on the job. Employers love someone who is willing to add to their skills in their department. I think to really succeed in MRI, you have to want to learn as much as you can and just constantly be scanning patients. You also have to have a passion for the physics behind it to understand what you are actually doing and how everything interacts.
“The best parts of my DCCCD experience were my professor and time spent at clinicals. The professor was willing to go above and beyond to answer any questions that we had and constantly made sure that we were reviewing pertinent information, not just for our registry, but also things that we needed to know on a daily basis.
“My clinical experience was also wonderful. I got to spend a lot of time with seasoned techs who taught me different tips on how to scan effectively. The most important thing I learned during my time there was how to manipulate different programs on different platforms. It helps make you more marketable when you have these skills. The program prepared me to deal with all different types of patient populations and put me in scenarios where I had to really think in order to perform to the best of my ability.”
Courtney earned an MRI Advanced Technical Certificate, for students having at least a previous associate degree in a designated allied health field or a B.S. degree with a major in a science discipline, from El Centro College. She holds an associate degree, a bachelor's degree in radiologic sciences at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she is pursuing a master's degree in radiologic sciences. She was already credentialed as a radiologic technologist through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists before earning the MRI credential.