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Shane James, B.S.R.T. ARRT (R) (MR)

Level One Diagnostic Technician
Baylor Medical Center at Garland

“I wanted a more stable career after I left the oil field. Everybody has been really understanding through the whole process of my career change.

“There are so many modalities you can go into: ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine, CAT scans, radiation therapy. I’m pursuing the MRI certification for career advancement. The best part of the whole program has been the hands-on experience. Clinical rotations are time-consuming and fast-paced at times, but it really gives us the experience that we need to succeed on the job.

“To be good in this line of work, you have to be able to think quickly on your feet, to decipher a situation and come up with a good outcome. Really learning your basics also goes a long, long way.”

Shane James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in radiologic technology, B.S.R.T.(R). He has worked as a diagnostic technician since 2005, including three years in Lafayette, La., and worked as an oil field production operator before going back to school to change careers. He has worked in his current position at Baylor Medical Center at Garland since 2007. He is earning a one-year certificate in MRI from El Centro College with plans to graduate in May 2010.