By AHRA Staff
Featured AHRA Member:
Scot W. Duncil, BS, RT(R), CRT
Manager, Diagnostic Imaging
Shriners Hospitals for Children
The usual budget, staffing, and operations issues, but also get to perform imaging on our special pediatric orthopedic patients – that’s the FUN part!
AHRA Involvement (Volunteer, Committees, etc)
I joined AHRA in 1983 when it was American HOSPITAL Radiology Administrators and we still had regions. Being from Houston, TX, I was in the Southwest region and enjoyed networking, reading Radiology Management articles, and going to conferences. One day I said, “Hey, I want to be a part of this great organization.” I went on to participate in Member Greets a Member, membership (and really enjoyed and valued working with Louise Broadley!), volunteering at regional and national meetings, and was eventually asked to join the Annual Meeting Design Team (AMDT). I had no idea what I was getting into but I have never regretted getting involved and I encourage every AHRA member to get active, participate, and give back! AHRA has definitely opened doors and my mind – in more ways than one!
Other Accomplishments/Volunteer Work
I’m active in the Masonic Fraternity. More especially I enjoy and am proud to be a Shriner. When I was doing my clinical rotations in RT school, I endured 2 months in a local children’s hospital. Man, I couldn’t wait until that rotation was finished because my next assignment was back at my base hospital in this new modality called CAT scan! Even though this noisy machine took 3 minutes to make a 1 cm think “slice” of a picture, it gave an unbelievable picture. “Unbelievable” is right – you could barely make out what it was. Now look at what all CT can do! Anyway, I’ve come full circle having performed almost every type of diagnostic imaging our profession offers and, without a doubt, working with pediatrics is the most gratifying “work” I’ve ever done! The kids make me a better person, too!
As Joel Osteen says frequently, “Keep on keeping on.”
Something Funny/Interesting About Yourself
I’ve always been interested in tearing things apart to see how they worked – not that I could put them back together again! I had a science fair project about photosynthesis in high school in Ohio and I won first place. After winning at county level, I went to the state level competition, receiving Honorable Mention. I won a weekend trip to Chicago’s museums, but the most exciting part was the plane ride (my first).
What is the biggest industry change you’ve seen since you began a career in medical imaging?
When I began my career in 1978 – before most of my staff was born – there was this new technology just emerging that took about 10 minutes to obtain a very grainy, 1 cm thick slice of the brain. I enjoyed most of my professional life in Houston and visited Johnson Space Center many times, but when I was a CAT scan tech and sat at the console with the big Kennedy reel-to-reel (magnetic tape) recorders and computers churning away, I was in heaven! As we all know now, almost an entire body can be imaged in just a matter a seconds with crystal clear images to boot!
If you could you x-ray anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
[German physicist who first produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as x-rays] Wilhelm Roentgen, to tell him all about the neat things that have developed in diagnostic imaging and to also tell him about personal protective equipment (ie, lead gloves!).
What do you believe to be the biggest challenge to imaging administrators today and why?
Keeping your staff motivated. They’re not robots; they have stressors in their own lives and they sense our stress and the true professionals are always there, not only for their patients, but for their supervisors in times of need as well. Staff are forever trying to “do more with less” and to do so with a smile and professionalism. Knowing they are making a difference in the care of a fellow human being is the driving force as many of us continue doing what we do.
What advice can you give to young people just entering the medical imaging field?
Practice the “Golden Rule” and treat every patient as if he or she was your grandparent. Greet your patient, be courteous and kind, be attentive but don’t “smother,” be professional and always, always obtain the best images possible.
If you or someone you know would like to be a Featured AHRA Member, please contact us today!
The staff and members of AHRA warmly welcome the following new members!
Daryl Black, Bradenton, FL
Loretta Brandolini, Lismore, AA Australia
David Diffenderfer, Phoenix, AZ
Donna Disselkamp, Louisville, KY
Ronald Dokken, Jersey City, NJ
Cathy Fresquez, Riverside, CA
James Gaston, Lawton, OK
Denee Hardyk, Le Mars, IA
Kimberley Hearn, Nashville, TN
Latasha Hill, Macon, GA
Carey Kalmowitz, Southfield, MI
Ronda Kelly, Columbus, OH
Douglas Kreis, Alpera, MI
Dawn Kuklinski, Allentown, PA
Morabel Lawrence, Panama City, FL
Kevin Malcolm, San Antonio, TX
Pearl Moore, Davie, FL
Katherine Neavin, Columbus, OH
Albert Ohanian, Glendale, CA
Gisele Riden, Vail, CO
Louis Sanches, Tulsa, OK
Sheryl Selinsky, Lauderhill, FL
E’Lyn Simonson, Hermitage, TN
Terri Spires-Wall, Macon, GA
Carolyn Tichenor, St. Peters, MO
Mary Janine Van Der Eb, Covina, CA
Mary Jo Wiedel, Steamboat Springs, CO
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