Hi! My name is Sharon Elwood, and I am the Southern Area Advisor for the ISSRT. I graduated from the Radiologic Technology Program at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL in 1995. I have worked many various positions in the radiology field. I currently am a full-time instructor at the very college I graduated from over 20 years ago! I also work part-time in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. Most people (including medical professionals) do not understand what it is we do in a cardiac cath lab. It is an exciting specialty that is unlike any other in the radiology field. It is more like a surgical environment. My job is to “scrub in” and assist the doctor. I am literally the doctor’s right hand man (woman). I must prepare all of the supplies, surgically prep the patient’s skin, and manipulate the x-ray equipment. The doctor accesses the patient’s arterial blood system either through the radial or femoral artery. From that tiny hole, we manipulate catheters and wires up to the patient’s heart. We inject contrast into the coronary arteries (the ones that supply the heart with blood). We look for blockages. If there is a blockage, I assist the doctor with opening the blockage with balloons and stents. There is a lot to learn in a cardiac cath lab, and there is never a dull moment. You just never know what you’re going to find when you are imaging a patient’s heart. Cardiac cath has become my passion. If you want to learn more about the cath lab, I would be glad to talk to you about it, just give me a call!
I am honored to serve as your Southern Area Advisor for the ISSRT. Becoming involved with our professional organization is truly rewarding. If you are someone who likes to be “in the know” or someone who likes to continually learn new things, then participating in the ISSRT is for you. If you are looking for a way to be professionally fulfilled, get involved! Just contact me or any member of the board, and we will point you in the right direction. We can always use your help.
The annual ISSRT conference is fast approaching. It is April 20-22, 2016 in Peoria, IL. To anyone who is reading this: I hope to see you there!
Sharon Elwood R.T. (R)(M)(CT)(CI)
27210 College Road
Centralia, IL 62801