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