It’s the start of the new year and I’m back on placement for the second time this academic year.
I started my placement in CT planning, next week I’ll be in radiotherapy physics, and then I’ll finish my 4 weeks on the Linac (radiotherapy treatment machine pictured below).
I’ve spent a few hours on the linac in between CT patients and have had the honour to be involved with some ‘deep inspiration breath hold’ (pictured below) techniques. This is a new and up-and-coming technique which is improving the lives of breast cancer patients post treatment. It maximises the radiation dose to the tumour whilst minimising the dose to the heart.
I’ve had a great time learning so far, and am looking forward to the next 2 weeks. There really is no better way to learn than being hands on!
If you’re interested further in my placement experience, I’ve been posting on the University Instagram site:
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Good morning! My name is Felicity and I'm leading the student takeover this weekend. I am a #TherapeuticRadiography student in my #SecondYear, and am originally from #Portsmouth. This weeks theme is #Placement experience, and I'll be shedding some light on what #Radiography 💀placements are like. Here you can see the #UniversityOfPortsmouth uniform. This includes hair up, no nail varnish and no jewellery. Our pockets are always full of useful tools. @PortsmouthUni #RealOpPORTUNIty #PortsmouthUni #Radiotherapy #MyFuture #ProstateCancerUK #NHSCareers ☢ ⚛
All the best with the new year!