Thursday, June 14, 2007



Enough said there. Now time to work on those pdf. files

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Registry - ARRT

Monday June 4th
The deed is done.
Sorry about the span between my last posting but I have been rollin the sleeves up and actually getting paid to perform X-ray exams. (There's a novel idea!!) At the same time I've been preparing for the registry.
So, the registry. What was it like?? Everyone seems to have their own unique experience to relate. I will just say that some say that they felt under prepared some felt adequate but no one felt over prepared. Personally I felt pretty good after 220 questions. In dire need on an adult beverage but nontheless good. After a few hours I started questioning myself which is completely futile. Therefore until I actually get my results back, I did fantastic!
Nothing like a good dose of brushing up to make you feel confident. Some of the questions seemed to be take directly from my registry review book so that eased me through the whole test. The whole experience was actually enjoyable believe it or not. Yes the test did bring its own anxiety but it felt great to know that I was finally at the end.
I will keep posting for any prospective students out there. I promised pdf's and pdf's you will have. As if you don't have enough notes and printouts in your folders! Still it was something that I wish that could have had while I was in classes so they will be forth coming.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Everyone loves a good pdf. Right?

I have started working on a project that I hope will be helpful to anyone who may stumble across my blog. If you are an x ray student that you are absorbed in information so please take this for what it is worth. I plan on adding a few pdf. files for you reading and studying enjoyment. What is a pdf. you say? For those of you who may not know. A pdf. file that is a file that is easy to read. If you really want to know more follow the embedded link and enjoy. If you already know what a pdf. file is thank you for humoring me. One more thing about pdf. files for the newbie is that you will need to have adobe acrobat reader installed on your computer. this program gives you read only rights to the pdf. files for free. (Link will be provided.)
With that said I have planned to turn some of my more helpful study guides into public information. Of course nothing in these files will be copy righted material but thay just might be helpful. In addition to my classroom study guides I have prepared a few of my own documents that I will also place on this blog. Of course these will all be radiography related.
If you have any similar information that you would like to contribute please feel free to contact me and we can work something out. Or if you have any suggestions as to a topics for a pdf. file that you would like to have developed you can contact me via e-mail or here in the blog.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Testing, Testing, Testing....This is a test....

Okay that's more like it! I got a 94% on the most recent test. It was a gimee filler test since a lot of the class was not doing so well. Even as a gimee test I still missed 3 out of the 56. I guess that is just the way it goes with these tests. Still I should not have missed any since she practically review every question on the test beforehand. So to my scanty readers I will bequeath those queries which prove my folly. (Fun words there.)

My wrong answer in red. Correct answer in blue.

9. Components of digital imaging include:
1. computer manipulation of the image
2. formation of an eletronic image on the radiation detector
3. formation of an x-ray image directly on the image receptor
A. 1 only C. 2&3 only
B. 1 & 2 only D. 1,2,&3

43. All of the following devices may be located on the typical x-ray unit control panel, EXCEPT a
A. mA meter C. timer
B. kVp selector D. filament ammeter

50. In the production of characteristic radiation at the tungsten target, the incoming electron
A. ejects an inner-shell tungsten electron
B. ejects an outer-shell tungsten electron
C. is deflected with resulting energy loss
D. is deflected with resulting energy increase

Here's a couple I got right.

18. If an AP hip technique required 92 kVp with single-phase x-ray equipment, what kVp would produce a comparable image with three-phase equipment?
A. 69 kVp C. 81 kVp
B. 75 kVp D. 103 kVp

29. With three-phase equipment, the voltage across the x-ray tube
1. drops to zero every 180ยบ
2. is 87 to 96% of the maximum value
3. is nearly constant potential
A. 1 only C. 1&2 only
B. 2 only D. 2&3 only

I'll leave those for you to answer in your comments if you like.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Lesson Learned!

7That is my grade so far in my review class. Not the stellar performance that I am used to delivering. Nevertheless it just gives me impetus to do better. Since most of the class is doing somewhat poorly this term our teacher has added another test in addition to our final. I could use the extra points which would boost my average before the final. I hate going into the final with the pressure of needing to get an "A." Really though, the class grades only amounts to a very insignificant part of completeing the overall objective or becoming a Registered Radiologic Technologist. Of course they help prepare you for the registry but ultimately that registry is where the RT production occurs. (And there ain't no curve!!)
A bit of good news is in order. I HAVE A JOB!! Yes indeed, I was offered a job in the OR. I've loved doing OR rotations from the very start. Actually I almost missed out on getting the job. See!! Im not simply gloating. I'm sharing a little lesson with all you RT students out there.
Here goes:
Three students including me applied for the job. I felt that I had an edge since I had a couple of the OR Tech's putting in a good word for me. It seemed like the interview went just fine. After a couple days they informed me that one of the other students had been given the job. I was a bit stunned but took it in stride. (Actually a pitfully large piece of chocolate cake consoled my brusied ego.) Well, the guy who got the job decided after about a week that he would better like a part time job in special procedures. So it turns out that they call be back in to offer the job with this insight:
"The only thing that kept us from hiring you was your absenteeism"
The Moral: Missing clinic days can come back and bite you in the butt!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Bored before the Boards

Okay I think that a blister is forming somewhere on my cranial meninges. No posts since Jan. due to all of the cerebral cramming going on. Alas the end is nigh. I have only one more mock registry to take and then the final and then the actual registry. Say it with me folks, "You can do it!"

All in all it would seem that I am doing well. Sorry that there is not much of the regular sprinkling the seeds of knowledge in this post. There is something of course - there is always something. I have found that music helps me through these doldrum influencing study sessions. They say that listening classical music helps you get more out of studying. ( My tastes have been more Decemberists and Snow Patrol. ) With the preceeding in mind don't hesitate to check out my free ipod link under the Brems (Break ) heading it is legit. I just got my 1GB Blue ipod shuffle in the mail. Sweet!! Im a student I can't afford to buy one so I paid nothing.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Behind and lovin' it

Here we go again! An new semester begins with me staring at the backside of my classmates. After a two weeks trip to California and Maui I returned to class a little behind the gun. It turns out that the first day of class we recieved a comprhensive 220 question take home test. The class was given three weeks to complete it. I have one. So far I have about half of it done and it is due this Wednesday. It's mostly review but we haven't covered some of this stuff for over a year. I just needed a little break from looking at question marks and multiple choices.

It was worth it! Maui was awesome.
Moral of this blog: Only miss the first two weeks of your final term if you get to go to Maui!

Friday, January 05, 2007


I'm not sure just what is available at other institutions but where I go to school at Florida Community College at Jacksonville we have what is called the TIPS program. (Tuition Installment Plan) For my final senmester I used this option to pay for my tution. Again I only recently found out about this program. Basically they break up your tution for the semester into a predetermined number of payments. The earlier that you register for classes and apply for TIPS the more payments they will break it down into. These payments are electronically drafted from an account of your choosing. ( I chose Bill Gates :) ) The electronic drafts will span the time of the semester that you are paying for. So no real long commitments here.
Like I said if you sign up for this early they will break it up into several small payments. The longer you wait the fewer the payments thus the higher the payments. I for example signed up on the last day of registration so my tution of $632 was broken up into two payments of $316. There was also an additional $35 application fee that you must pay that is charged seperately from your tution payments.
Bottom line: If you are not able to pay your full tuition fees up front this may be an option if it is available at your institution.

Disclaimer: These are the facts as I see them and are by no means authoritative. For more detailed information contact you local financial aid office. They will have infromation specific to your area and location. This blog is meant to share observations and information that will lead the reader to do further investigation.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Roentgen Report

Physicists at Argonne National Lab in Illinois are making rainbows from x-ray photons. No small task considering X-ray wavelengths are some 10,000 times shorter than those for visible light. Physics Diagram

PHOENIX - A test of an X-ray security scanner that can see through clothing, even taking clear pictures of the human body along with concealed weapons, has been delayed until early this coming year at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Critics say the high-resolution images are too invasive, and the American Civil Liberties Union has called it a virtual strip search.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- In an unusual collaboration among scientists and humanists, a Cornell University team has demonstrated a novel method for recovering faded text on ancient stone by zapping and mapping 2,000-year-old inscriptions using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging.

Rectifier - X Ray Technologist Blogs.

I have created a new section of links under the heading "Rectifier." No rectifier no x-rays. So I felt it was only fitting to redirect readers and pay homage to other similar blogs. A number of these blogs have executed what I only had good intentions of doing. Namely documenting thier way through the program. So if you really want to get a feel for how the program takes a toll on you I suggest you give these blogs a gander. In fact I have to go back and do some reading myself. One real nice thing about the variety of these blogs is the variety of locations and experience. You will see blogs from various different states written by students and technologists.

or False
  • The rectifier is placed between the step-up transformer and the x-ray tube to change alternaing current to pulsating direct current?