I attended The Ohio State University for 5 years and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science degree with a minor in human development and family sciences. I am a licensed and certified radiography and CT technologist. When I tell people what I do, most people say, “your a what?”
A CT technologist is someone who performs diagnostic CT scans or CAT scans. CT stands for Computed tomography and uses radiation to acquire several images of the inside of a patient’s body. Basically, a patient is laid on a table, usually on his back, and is moved in and out of a machine resembling a gigantic doughnut. Images are taken in the form of slices, sort of like you would slice a loaf of bread. These images can be enhanced with the use of an iodinated intravenous contrast or a form of oral contrast. Images can also be manipulated post-processing to best show the area of interest, through the use of 3D software.
CT scans are used to diagnose and monitor multiple diseases and conditions. Some common conditions we see are all types of cancers, strokes, bleeds, and many abdominal conditions such as obstructions and hernias.
As a CT technologist I am not only responsible for performing high quality diagnostic images, but I am also responsible for patient education, obtaining intravenous access, charting in medical records, scheduling inpatients, maintaining a clean and organized work environment, and so much more.
If you ever have any questions about CT scans or radiology in general, please don’t hesitate to ask.