Get To Know our Radiology Technologists

Radiologic technologists (rad techs) are the health care professionals who perform diagnostic imaging procedures, such as X-ray examinations, magnetic resonance (MRI) scans and computed tomography (CT) scans. Some of them specialize in specific techniques such as cardiovascular-interventional radiography, mammography or sonography.

Radiologic technologists are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury. For the images to be interpreted correctly, the imaging examination must be performed properly by a radiologic technologist. Twin Cities Surgery Center has 3 full time rad techs; Liz, Tiffany, and Heather.

Liz

I graduated from St. Kate’s and passed by boards in December of 2016 and have been working as a radiology technologist (rad tech) since. I have been with Twin Cities Surgery Center (TCSC) since August 2018. I started in a casual position and at the beginning of October 2018, I moved into a full-time position.

My favorite part about working at TCSC is the staff here are amazing and great to work with. The pace is busy, but manageable, and it’s a great balance to make the day flow well. One thing that is different about TCSC compared to other places I’ve worked is that we only use C-arm for procedures here. The machine can be very challenging at times to get the correct angle of a picture, but it is very helpful in assisting the doctors during procedures.

  • What is one thing you wish people knew about rad techs?
    We’re not just glorified photographers that push a button. There is a lot of anatomy and physics behind what we do and even the slightest change in positioning can make a huge difference in an image.
  • What is the best career advice you have ever received?
    One patient at a time. Focus on the patient in front of you, not the prior or the next. Also, communication is the key to a successful healthcare employee… communicate with your patients, but, also with your coworkers.
  • What is the most important trait someone needs to be a rad tech?
    Attention to detail.
  • What is your favorite piece of wellness advice?
    Take care of yourself above all others… you can’t be a help to anyone else if you’re not in the right place physically, emotionally, and mentally. 

Tiffany

I have been a rad tech for about four and a half years. I graduated from Argosy University and immediately took my boards and started working as a tech. I started out working for a mobile x-ray company and then for Fairview Health before I made the transition to TCSC in May 2017.

One thing that is different about TCSC is that we use imaging as guidance in procedures, where other facilities can use x-rays for diagnostic purposes. I love working in the pain world and being part of the procedures that we do here. It’s rewarding to help the doctors and support staff as well as the patients. Seeing a patient get pain relief never gets old and I always like to hear their stories and outcomes.

During school and my clinical training, my two least favorite things were c-arm and spine. Now, here I am four years in, strictly working with c-arm and spine, and I wouldn’t 

want to do anything else! I am beyond lucky to be a part of the rad tech team here at TCSC. Liz is new to our team but is a very quick learner and stepped in right away. Heather (our lead) is a fantastic tech and a great role model!

  • What is one thing you wish people knew about rad techs?
    Radiological technologists and x-ray technicians are two very different things. Technicians do not get a degree and in a lot of cases are not able to perform the same type of exams that technologists are able to.
  • What is the most important trait someone needs to be a rad tech?
    Knowledge of anatomy and ALARA.
  • What is your favorite piece of wellness advice?
    Invest in yourself.

Heather

I graduated from Duluth as a rad tech, where I have been in this field for 9 years. I have been working at TCPC/TCSC for over 3 years now. My favorite part about working at TCSC are my amazing co-workers I get to work with every day. The occasional potlucks we have are a nice perk too.

  • How is being a rad tech at TCPC/TCSC different than other places?
    At other places such as hospitals and clinics the radiology department is more confined. Here we are mixed in with nurses and doctors, which I prefer more. It feels more like a team rather than some random phone call/order that beckons you to a department.
  • What is your favorite piece of wellness advice?
    Don’t go to the grocery store hungry.

 

 

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