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Radiologic Technology Student Authors Unique Paper on X-Ray

Have you ever thought x-ray physics was a dry and lifeless subject? While sitting in class, have you ever imagined a more interesting approach to your subject matter, but just couldn't seem to put all the pieces together to adequately convey your message or to learn about something in a more creative fashion?

Meet Steven Nowadzki, a Radiology Technology student at Argosy University, Twin Cities. "Radiology has been a second career path for me," Nowadzki relates. Armed with a B.S. degree in education, he was inspired by several experiences to pursue a career in the healthcare profession. He was drawn to Argosy University, Twin Cities Radiology Technology program due to its reputation and the variety ofcareer paths the field of radiology has the potential to afford.

When Steven was presented with an assignment to compose a paper on the intricacies of the X-ray circuit and its components, Nowadzki chose a rather creative and unique way to present his data (which seems to answer that question about how to, perhaps, devise a more interesting approach to studying one's subject matter). Nowadzki, student and now author, too, had his assignment featured on the Minnesota Society of Radiologic Technologists website. His poetry entitled The Voyages of Dr. e: Expedition of an X-ray Circuit seemingly brings X-ray physics to life in a way that is certainly not "dry and lifeless!"

The Voyages of Dr. e: Expedit ion of an X-ray

My trip was a real nerve shaker; it began with a circuit breaker.
The main switch was flipped,
The power was tripped
And I got the cue, "Ready to go?"
The 3xposure switch and I then met,
A timer control was preset.
And with a zap I started to flow.

My tour was trained by fortification, for danger knows electrification.
To prevent a malfunction,
At every junction
My movements were greatly restricted.
The unit was safely enclosed,
Thus operator not exposed
To hazards of ions inflicted.

The security issues had been addressed, and suddenly I was impressed.
The incoming-line was varied,
And quickly I was carried
By a machine known as Autotransformer.
kV was selected,
But I objected;
For I was now uncomfortably warmer.
Though my opposition was known, it was ultimately alone.
A second transformer took on,
Stepping-up voltage upon
The consequent side of the course.
The strength greatly grew,
And current withdrew
Induction had proven its force.

Four diodes came near in a rhomboid form; the bridge
configuration is X-ray's norm
Converting AC to DC,
And made to look easy
It was the process of rectification,
Now high-voltage abound,
Rotor stator was found,
The anode spun without deliberation.

Meanwhile on the filament side, mA was controlled
with proper pride.
A compensator line
Stabilized the current fine.
Suddenly a step-down transformer had risen,
With 3 to 5 amps in its core,
6 to 12 volts, not any more.
The tube was reached in the perfect precision.

And though my trip was nearly aborted,
Its success was already purported.
Had the process truly succeeded?
Had I done all that was needed?
The radiographic techniques were set,
Operational goals had all been met
Yes, yes, yes, it all looked grand!
I realized now it was indeed preplanned.
And this journey of great strength and constant precision
Was complete when I produced thermionic emission.

Steven looks forward to a new start with a new career in the healthcare industry. And, who knows? Maybe this published work is just the start of good things to come -- new and creative ways to approach the study and practice of quality healthcare in the future.

"Because of my true passion for learning and patient care, I plan to pursue advanced opportunities within the medical field. My ambitions have me deciding between several opportunities in Radiation Therapy and MRI, and coupled with my degree in education, I may become involved in medical imaging instruction."
- Steven Nowadzki