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Anyone on ITM work in Radiology?
Hi all,

I'm going to study Medical Radiations next year (pending acceptance of course), but I cannot make up my mind which stream to go for. I was initially only looking at imaging but now I find that Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy are very interesting also. Is there anyone on ITM that works in the field that could offer their views on what it's like actually working in Radiology?

I'm a patternmaker by trade and am currently studying a science bridging course to get the prerequisites needed for entry into the degrees (all I had was maths and english no science subjects). I am finding chemistry and physics most enjoyable. Biology not so much, but at the moment we are doing mostly cellular level stuff so maybe I will enjoy it more when we get to anatomy etc.

Speak up if you have any info at all really.

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I think Radiology sounds super interesting. do it.

my friend has been doing it for years. no shortage of work it seems. although she has found that after a few years there is a limit to where you can go/earning potential etc.
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I studied radio therapy at RMIT but dropped out, it's depressing as fuck.

For me personally.
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I think Radiology sounds super interesting. do it.

my friend has been doing it for years. no shortage of work it seems. although she has found that after a few years there is a limit to where you can go/earning potential etc.

What exactly does your friend do? Radiation Therapy, Imaging?

Where does she work?
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I studied radio therapy at RMIT but dropped out, it's depressing as fuck.

For me personally.

Thanks for the info. I see where your coming from.
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What exactly does your friend do? Radiation Therapy, Imaging?

Where does she work?

radiation therapy @ Westmead.
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I studied radio therapy at RMIT but dropped out, it's depressing as fuck.

For me personally.

Plus, major radiation leak resulted in a 9ft Slicy
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My wife works for a Radiology company so can ask her if she can get some info from the Radiologists.

I get a CT scan every two months. Had one yesterday so if you'd posted it yesterday I could have asked while I was in there. If you ask me, I can't imagine anything worse, I fucking hate spending half my life in those places.

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My wife works for a Radiology company so can ask her if she can get some info from the Radiologists.

I get a CT scan every two months. Had one yesterday so if you'd posted it yesterday I could have asked while I was in there. If you ask me, I can't imagine anything worse, I fucking hate spending half my life in those places.

Why do you need a CT scan every two months? That's quite a significant dosage of radiation to be receiving.

edit: You don't have to answer that.
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Ive been told I've got a face for radiotherapy

I came in here to make that very joke, glad you beat me to it.
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By the way guys a radiologist is a doctor. Different to radiation therapist, radiographer or nuclear medicine practitioner.
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Ive been told I've got a face for radiotherapy

If you mean the 'therapy' of bashing your face in with a radio then yes.


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patternmaker, hey... One hell of a switch ain't it?

Also try asking in vogue forums. Full of whiny women but useful when it comes to scoping that kind of info sometimes.
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Did radiation therapy at University of Newcastle. Didn't bother past first year because clinical placement makes you realise pretty quickly how much the job blows.

Really depressing but also incredibly boring. after the first two weeks of pretty much just lining patients up on a LINAC day in day out I was over it and couldn't imagine how people could do it their whole life.

Not to mention there's not really that many hospitals with radiation therapy facilities so the places where you can work are severely limited, and career progression is minimal to non-existent.

Quite a large number of people who were in my year swapped to diagnostic imaging and nuclear med which seemed to have higher attrition but i cant imagine it being really much different.

On the plus side though the graduate starting wage is pretty good ($75000 when i was studying it a good 6 years ago) but it doesnt really develop much from there unless you become the department head, which seemed to be the kinda promotion you only got when someone retired or died.
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Also just fyi you wont really need the bridging courses.

In the first year they'll pretty much teach you Musculo-skeletal anatomy and human bioscience as if you know nothing anyway, and the radiation physics you learn is pretty much just based on what you'd learn about exponential growth and decay and half-life's from 3-unit maths rather than a physics course.
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Also just fyi you wont really need the bridging courses.

In the first year they'll pretty much teach you Musculo-skeletal anatomy and human bioscience as if you know nothing anyway, and the radiation physics you learn is pretty much just based on what you'd learn about exponential growth and decay and half-life's from 3-unit maths rather than a physics course.

Yeah I realize that they will cover most of what I am learning now again in 1st year of the degree. But I wouldn't even get a look in without the prerequisites. Only Monash and RMIT in Melbourne run a course so spots are limited.

Thanks for your view re your first post.
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Why do you need a CT scan every two months? That's quite a significant dosage of radiation to be receiving.

edit: You don't have to answer that.

Pathology fuckup when I had cancer. The first opinion said stage 1 with no vascular invasion so I decided on surveillance but a second opinion indicated that there was vascular invasion but I'd already gone past the cutoff time for starting adjuvant chemotherapy so they up'd my surveillance pretty dramatically. Been two years now and no sign of it coming back so looks like I got hammered for no reason. Not to mention the elevated leukemia risk. Fuckers
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Pathology fuckup when I had cancer. The first opinion said stage 1 with no vascular invasion so I decided on surveillance but a second opinion indicated that there was vascular invasion but I'd already gone past the cutoff time for starting adjuvant chemotherapy so they up'd my surveillance pretty dramatically. Been two years now and no sign of it coming back so looks like I got hammered for no reason. Not to mention the elevated leukemia risk. Fuckers

Sorry to hear that dude, that's a terrible situation to be in. I hope the cancer doesn't come back.
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My wife's a certified Radiographer.
Her experience is maybe a little different to howsitgarn, maybe because of location (in Sydney).

She's never been out of work at all, did Radiography for a few years and then joined a large Medical company doing Apps (post sales) in CT, then sales for ENT devices at another company before being Product Manager for CT back at the first one.

In my experience if you choose to do Radiography your whole life, that's your choice - like anything. But from what I see, after meeting several people in the field, there are plenty of opportunities for movement, with a far greater ability to earn $100k+ than most jobs.
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Sorry to hear that dude, that's a terrible situation to be in. I hope the cancer doesn't come back.

Cheers, pretty sure it won't now. Extremely unlikely after the 2 year point

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My wife's a certified Radiographer.
Her experience is maybe a little different to howsitgarn, maybe because of location (in Sydney).

She's never been out of work at all, did Radiography for a few years and then joined a large Medical company doing Apps (post sales) in CT, then sales for ENT devices at another company before being Product Manager for CT back at the first one.

In my experience if you choose to do Radiography your whole life, that's your choice - like anything. But from what I see, after meeting several people in the field, there are plenty of opportunities for movement, with a far greater ability to earn $100k+ than most jobs.

Wow she's doing well. Did your wife find all these opportunities in Australia?

edit: Sydney (durr)
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Yep, all in Australia.

Not sure what the experience is like outside of Sydney, may be like howsitgarn said with slow/no advancement but that's the case at any public health gig.

I could definitely agree with him and it being boring in practice.

Once you have your degree and some experience behind you, make yourself known to the medical divisions of Toshiba, Phillips, Siemens, GE (all CT manufacturers). Their reps usually visit sites all the time for inspections, meetings etc.
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I studied radio therapy at RMIT but dropped out, it's depressing as fuck.

For me personally.


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My wife's a certified Radiographer.
Her experience is maybe a little different to howsitgarn, maybe because of location (in Sydney).

She's never been out of work at all, did Radiography for a few years and then joined a large Medical company doing Apps (post sales) in CT, then sales for ENT devices at another company before being Product Manager for CT back at the first one.

In my experience if you choose to do Radiography your whole life, that's your choice - like anything. But from what I see, after meeting several people in the field, there are plenty of opportunities for movement, with a far greater ability to earn $100k+ than most jobs.

I don't think it's a location thing. I have radiographer friends who studied in both Sydney and Newcastle and they're all employed in Australia and around the world. Except one friend who married a Swede and he can't practice there but he flies to London when he needs work.

The good thing about working in a medical field is that despite GFCs people always get sick and there's always good paying work. One freind of mine went to post grad study and is an MRI scanner (I'm sure there's a title for that) and she has a pretty sweet lifestyle. Good coin, time to travel at least once a year and the work's interesting.

Having said that, you do need to be able to deal with seeing sick people. I hear stories about 3 month old babies riddled with cancer which isn't something I could handle. But as a radiographer you'll never actually have to be the person who tells the family or perform a diagnosis. That's for the radiologist. Off the top of my head I can name 7 radiographers I know and none of them regret their decision or have left the profession.

Fixing radios is good work, don't be discouraged.
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My wife's a certified Radiographer.
Her experience is maybe a little different to howsitgarn, maybe because of location (in Sydney).

She's never been out of work at all, did Radiography for a few years and then joined a large Medical company doing Apps (post sales) in CT, then sales for ENT devices at another company before being Product Manager for CT back at the first one.

In my experience if you choose to do Radiography your whole life, that's your choice - like anything. But from what I see, after meeting several people in the field, there are plenty of opportunities for movement, with a far greater ability to earn $100k+ than most jobs.

id say its probably because a radiographer is a completely different profession to radiation therapist more likely

radiographer/nuclear medicine = doing scans and exploratory diagnostic and imaging work
radiation therapist = planning and then providing treatment for cancer (although a lot is just palliative so people die slightly less painfully) via firing targeted high-energy photon beams using one of these:
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