The Radiology Program At Shriner 's Hospital For Crippled Children

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On August 22nd, 2016 was the first day of several students’ journey to become radiology technicians. We all were nervous and excited to take our first step toward our career goal. We are quickly learning new procedures, techniques, and terminology every day. Our journey has barely begun, but I am enjoying every minute of it. The radiology program is something I wanted to a part of since I was young. When I was 4 years old, I became a patient at Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children because I was born with a birth defect in both feet called Skew foot. Both of my feet were turning s shaped making it difficult and painful to walk. For several years, doctors tried using inserts to straighten my feet, but it was not working. The radiologic technicians kept taking images to monitor my progress, and if I continued this method, I would be in a wheelchair today. When I was 8 years old, it was first decided I needed to have surgery. I had two surgeries and both were successful. From age 4 to 17 years old when I was released, I saw the radiology technicians, nurses and doctors every six months to a year. I honestly believe if the technicians did not do as well of a job as they did, I would not be walking today. I know they do not read the images, but since they take them it is very important everything is done correctly to obtain the best image possible. If an x-ray was underexposed or overexposed, the doctors would not have been able to see the severity of my birth defects.

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