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Ayoola Sosanya, B.S.R.T., (R) (MR-ARRT)

Emergency Room X-ray Technician
Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas

“With my degree in Radiological Sciences from Brookhaven, I can pretty much do anything. The volume is really high where I work in the emergency room at Baylor, so if I went to a smaller place I’d really be rocking it in terms of what I’d be able to handle.

“What do I like about what I do? I have to convince people to do what they don’t want to do, and there’s where my psychology degree comes in. I don’t want to miss something, and there’s satisfaction with getting the cooperation from people who are in a difficult situation. To really like and be good at this job, you need to be somebody who loves to work with people. We don’t work with blood per se, but you shouldn’t be afraid of the sight of blood. There are lots of things that are technically nurses’ or aides’ jobs that we have to pick up slack on because they just need to be done.

“Doctors don’t want to hear that anything is impossible; we have to do what it takes to get the job done — and sometimes that feels like it takes X-ray vision ourselves.

“My advice to someone who wants to enter Rad Sci or MRI as a career? Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something. Read, read and read some more before you start the program. Go to a hospital and check out the area you think you’re interested in to see if you really like it. It’s obviously good money, but don’t think about that if you want to do this as a career.

“I’m getting certified in MRI because I don’t want to be in the ER forever. I want something different: less volume of patients and a more laid-back atmosphere.”

Ayoola Sosanya attended classes at Richland College and earned an associate degree in Radiologic Technology from Brookhaven College before entering the one-year certificate program at El Centro College with plans to graduate in May 2010. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and earned a bachelor’s degree in his native Nigeria from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, formerly the University of Ife. Sosanya, who grew up in London, is credentialed as a radiologic technologist through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.