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ACC Student Spotlight: Shannan Gordon

05/15/2019

Shannan Gordon used to think it didn't take much skill to take an X-ray but that all changed when she started working at the front desk of a radiography center.

At the center, Gordon saw that radiography was a mixture of technology and patient care, which lead her to appreciate how much talent it takes.

"There's a lot of technical factors. There's a lot of positioning and knowledge you have to know to get that perfect image. Before it seemed like you just aim, shoot and you're good to go but there's a lot to know," Gordon said. "It's not just pushing a button. There's a lot of science to it."

Can anyone be a radiography technologist?

No, you have to have compassion. You have to be able to not get complacent in your job and you have to understand that everybody that walks in is coming from their own situation and however you're feeling that day, can't really affect their day. You're there to help them.

Tell us about the radiography staff and faculty at ACC-Ontario

They care so much. They love their job so much and it really comes through with their teaching, their passion for it. Everyone from financial aid to instructors, you can tell they all really care about the students.

What's the best part about studying radiography so far?

The best part of being a radiographer is watching your images, watching your work — your hard work — come up on the screen. Even when we're doing labs and watching us position the phantoms and then taking the image and seeing it come out... it's really cool.

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