1. Liz N says

    No, they are not backbreaking jobs. In sonography you stay beside the patient standing or sitting on a bench while you hold a transductor and take the images needed. if you have a good posture (your back straight) and you take 5 minutes between patients to change the position you were, you are going to stay OK. In MRI ans CT you will tell the instructions to the patient while he/she is helped to get in the table ( usually by the nurses, but if you want to help is OK) and then you go and get a sit in front of the controls and then you take the images. again if you have a good posture and take short breaks between them, there is not reason to have backpain.

  2. jannsody says

    For general career info: and search ‘diagnostic medical sonographer’, ‘radiologic technologist’ or such. There should be additional resources listed at the end of the entry too. Just fyi, I, myself, would be more concerned with needing ‘technical physics’ ;) I haven’t even gotten past algebra when it comes to math :)

  3. blazindaddyj says

    Sonography can its own muscuskeletal challenges. My friend and coworker is a sonographer, and I know she has to reach, turn, press, and transfer a patient esp a geriatric one whether it’s transportation is wheelchair, stretcher or well unsteady gait ambulatory pt. I could see a sonographer honestly experiencing carpal tunnel from using the wrist due to scanning and some back pain. I remember she told me for the kidneys, all the sonograhers have to put the patient lying down on their stomach to get great diagnosable pictures and you know how hard that is when you have a senior citizen who can’t turn or an obese one, America is not exactly a fit population; however, they don’t turn the pt prone anymore just to get the kidneys unless the patient is a 20 yr old. MRI and CT scan, you need to be careful when you are transferring the pts from the wheelchair or the stretcher to the table. FYI, use the “surfboard” when you are transferring a pt from the stretcher to the table and get assistance also and a nurse helping you, ehhhhh yeah right the techs in your dept will be the ones helping you transfer. The only time a nurse will help you transfer duing CT and MRI exams when the pt is from the ICU dept and the ICU nurse also has to come down also. Guess what, in order to be a MRI and CT tech, most likely you have to be an x ray tech first so you can be cross trained or go to school for it. Don’t go to MRI schools if you are not a tech yet, be warned of scammed MRI schools.

  4. AnonyMous says

    Continous? No. Intermittent? Yes. I wrote the HR requirements for our imaging facility, as well as having worked at an X-ray, CT, and/or MRI technologist for 25 years. In the “Physical Requirements” section we require applicants to be able to lift 100 lbs occassionally and up to 25-50 lbs regularly. The issue is not so much that one has to lift 100 lbs often, it is more that, since the technologist is responsible for the health and well-being of the patient, they have to be able to pull and lift patients out of wheel chairs, off of gurneys and, on occassion, safely support the patient who becomes faint while standing to prevent injury.