One small thing that alleviates any fears I have about my new career not being in demand is the number of times I hear them call for an X-ray or CT for a patient on those real life medical shows on TV. I am pretty much addicted to the two shows "Trauma: Life in the ER" and "Paramedics" on the Discovery Health Channel. I watch them all the time and for almost every patient who arrives at the ER they call for an X-ray or CT. So does this really represent real life? I don't know for sure. It sure looks real on the show. A lot more real than say the TV drama ER on NBC or the comedy show Scrubs, but how real?
I know there are some nurses and maybe some other healthcare workers who read this blog, so leave me a comment and let me know what you think. How often do the docs order images for a patient, in your experience? Do you think that the imaging dept is an important and necessary dept in the hospital? Have you ever had any problems with an X-ray tech? Or have any techs out there had any problems with nurses? Just curious.