Thanks to this wonderful tool called “The World Wide Web” I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know some amazing people in the field of Radiography. I have been very moved by one man’s story, and how he used his education to take him around the world.
I am very pleased to introduce the world to DAVE BROWN.
Here’s Dave’s story.
In 1979 I had no idea how far Radiography could or would take me. I was a high school dropout that dropped into college 9 years later. With a little help from the state and working after school, I had a wonderful 30 years.
Over the past 30 years I have taken advantage of the opportunities opened to me. I learned Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and Computerized Axial Tomography. I was a radiography clinical instructor for 2 years. A department manager for 4 years and a travel tech for the last 12 years.
CT was the area I enjoyed the most. I trained on a GE 8700. By today’s standards, it was like a Model T. The low mA and cooling time between each slice made an abdomen and pelvis take as long 45 minutes. That did not count filming the exam.
In the years before PACS. We had to window and level our scans. We were the first eyes to see the images. It was the tech’s job to look for pathology. We measured and took sectional densities of pathology. Then filmed it for the Radiologist.
Over the years that followed I enjoyed the learning experiences. Learning and growing with every new and improved model of scanner for me was fun.
As a department manager I had to deal with the venders, order supplies, and manage personnel. The money was good, but I missed the patient contact of being a tech. I think it takes a special type of person to manage a department. It was not me.
It was the mid 90’s and the traveling temp business was at an all time high. I had always loved going new places and seeing new things. It was the perfect job for me. With more than 15 years experience it was very easy to quickly adapt to new places and different equipment.
I was very lucky to make connections with a company that refurbished and sold GE x-ray machines and CT Scanners. This company sold equipment to other countries around the world.
In my work as a travel tech I had the opportunity to take extra time between assignments. I was able to contract to do applications between many of my travel jobs. I soon found myself training techs in other countries how to use refurbished GE CT Scanners.
During my time as a travel tech I was able to travel to many fantastic places. I traveled from the state of Washington to the outer banks of North Carolina, spent Summer in Minnesota and a Winter in St. Thomas US Virgin Islands. I also was able to travel to Moscow, St Petersburg and Irkutsk Siberia in the Russian Federation and several cities in Ukraine to do applications.
Everyone has his or her own special place in life. The wide open field of Radiology has a place for many. The hard work to find that place is worth it.