I first started my training in Computed Tomography when I joined IRS in August 2013. I started to go out on survey with different Technical Officers/Scientific Officers who were trained in CT and was always armed with my notebook and my listening ears.
The surveyors I worked with were extremely helpful and always kept me updated as the survey was going on with how certain things worked and how to ensure the results being collected were as expected. This was really beneficial to me and the fact that everybody was so patient with training me meant I was able to gain an awful lot of knowledge in a short amount of time.
There were a few moments where we obtained some unexpected results. This was never a problem as I was taught to think about the affecting factors and look at what could be producing these results. These results were always rectified and I learnt something new about the factors and machine each time. I am not yet signed off in CT, though I like to think I am learning well and progressing with each survey in a really interesting field.
I have since started to train in Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). I have found these surveys extremely interesting and have been able to combine my existing knowledge of CT and also OPG experience to give me a boost in learning about the modality. I have only completed 6 of these surveys, but already feel I have progressed an awful lot and gained a lot of knowledge.
I have been working away on 5 of these surveys, which means I have been able to spend a lot of time with the machine and then reflect on my knowledge afterwards rather than completing the survey then performing another in the same day. I think this has benefited me a lot more as I have been able to review my notes and ensure I have taken everything in. I look forward to progressing further and learning more about Computed Tomography in general.