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Insulin Pump And Radiological Technician Job

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by LucyZu, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. LucyZu

    LucyZu · Newbie

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    Hello everyone!
    I have a question about the work of a radiologist if I wear an insulin pump and if I'm a type 1 diabetic, obviously. I know they are always exposed to radiation, but they are always in separate rooms and I do not think this has any effect on the insulin pump or is not it true? If it must also be exposed directly to the radiation, the pump can always be discharged to max 2h. I wonder if there is someone here that is a radiologist and has a pump or you know someone who is? What are the experiences and how do you deal with it? Are you discouraging at work or something like that? How do others behave towards you and how do they experience you? Are there any contraindications?
    For a year I will go to college and I really would like to do this in the future ... so if there is someone please let me know :)
    Thank you
  2. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    I can't fully answer your question but perhaps I can she'd a little light on the subject.

    I work in R+D for a company that makes radiotherapy equipment. We generally find that many electronic components degrade and fail through exposure to an electron beam.

    But the effect varies greatly with distance from the beam and is difficult to predict.

    HOWEVER, If following correct protocols you will not be in the treatment room when the radiation is on and it shouldn't be an issue for you. The control room is shielded to protect clinical staff.

    If your work takes you anywhere near machines that use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), be aware that the strength of the magnetic field can kill electronic components easily, even when the machine is not radiating. (We managed to innocently destroy an expensive digital camera - you learn the hard way).
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    #2 urbanracer, Jul 21, 2018 at 5:19 PM
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2018
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