Erlanger East Imaging
Christine Dial considers herself to be a natural helper, which influenced her career working in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). “Anytime I lend a hand, my soul warms up,” she explains. However, her affinity for helping people isn’t the only thing that drew her to the profession – she also appreciates spending all day in an air-conditioned room. “I have to work in the cold! They never let the AC go off around a magnet, so it’s a win-win for me,” laughs Dial. She has held her current role for seven years now, and in that time, Dial has learned a thing or two about connecting with her patients. “For starters, a smile goes a long way,” she says. “And I’ve found that it helps to listen to each patient as an individual, not a number or a group.”
Chattanooga State Community College – Chattanooga, TN
1. What does your day-to-day look like?
I spend my day encouraging patients to finish their MRIs so that they may find the answers they need from their doctors. I usually drum up small talk while I am starting IVs and getting people comfortable for their exams to help keep the day interesting.
2. What do you love most about your profession?
The variety! I have variety in the exam types, the kinds of patients, and their stories … The combination of it all makes it where, even if I’ve scanned a million brains, I’m still using my brain to make it all work.
3. What is your best advice for patients?
When you have to have an MRI done, just remember it doesn’t last all day, and it will be worth it in the end.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
Compassion, kindness, and positivity.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care for your patients?
Patients are people…and these people are a part of my area and my community. I do my best to balance the fact that I have to be efficient for the business to work, but the person also needs someone to take care of them.