Just a Button Pusher??

At my hospital, we recently got new CT scanners (I will not mention brand names) and learning them has not been an easy task. We have always only had one brand of scanners; hospital admins decided to buy a different brand to place in our new ER. This has caused much turmoil among our department. A completely different system than the brand some of them have been using for upwards of 20-30 years and the platform is not that easy to learn. Recently, I heard a story of an administrator speaking to one of my co-workers. "So, how do you like the new scanners?" My co-worker was polite and honest and said that it takes twice as long to do an exam simply because there are more steps to complete an exam and would be better suited to be in an outpatient setting. The response was something to the effect of, 'it can't be that hard for you button pushers.'

I don't know about you, but to be called a "button pusher" grinds my nerves. Obviously anyone who would call someone working in diagnostic or therapeutic imaging a button pusher, has no idea (or maybe just doesn't care) the education required to work in this field, nor what we actually do day-to-day on the job.

This kind of apathy is very nerve wracking. It is unfathomable to me that in the year 2017, we are still considered to be so unworthy of recognition as to not even know what we do, nor the respect to ask how they can make our job easier. There is only assumption that all we do is push a button.

This is why the MSRT and the ASRT is important. We need to be more dilligent in expressing our disdain for negative monikers and speak up about being treated unfairly. Educating the public about what we do needs to happen NOW!!!


Dawn Keyser

Should the practice of shielding patients be eliminated?

There has been a lot of talk and differing opinions since the subject was first brought to light a couple months ago. The AAPM wrote a letter stating that shielding of patients for X-ray exams would no longer be necessary. The ASRT has decided to give the idea and subject the summer before making any kind of statement (smart idea), as stated by Sal Martino, ASRT CEO at the June ASRT House of Delegates meeting.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have already heard all this, as well as several opinions on both sides of the issue.

Today the AAPM came out with a follow up to their original letter and can be read here: https://w3.aapm.org/media/documents/2019_08_19-Open_Letter_Re_Gonadal_Shielding.pdf

I get it. In order to reduce radiation which could be caused by improper placement of shields, they say leave them off. But to relive them from our daily practice altogether? Unless I am misunderstanding their take…

I welcome anyone who wants to share their opinions to do so in the comments here. There is a discussion on our Facebook page as well.