By Erin Register
Summer Powers, B.S.R.S, ARRT R.T.(R), is from Jenkins, Kentucky, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Her interest in the radiology field peaked when she needed to have an ultrasound as a senior in high school. She has been ARRT-registered since 2002 and in the field as a student since 2000.
ICE learned more about this “Rising Star” in a recent interview with Powers.
Q: Why did you choose to get into this field?
A: After researching how to become an ultrasound tech, I discovered that the field of radiology had many pathways. This was when I knew radiology was my field, I have done both diagnostic radiology and CT over the many years in my career.
Q: What do you like most about your position?
A: I am happy in my current role as a staff rad tech. I have the opportunity to help the new students as they do rotations at our facility and help new employees navigate the systems that are in place at the different facilities I have been employed.
Q: What interests you the most about the imaging field?
A: What interests me the most being in this field this long is the way technology is changing the field. I started in this career when darkrooms and film were in use, then advanced to daylight processing with CR and now to digital. As technology advances, we must change our approach for how we care for our patients.
Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in your field thus far?
A: My greatest accomplishment is being recognized outside of work and thanked by a patient, knowing that I helped someone in their most difficult, and possibly the scariest time, of their life.