Health Care Hero: CT tech serves on the front lines of coronavirus

Theophilos (Theo) Auguste-Johnson

The Dayton Daily News is profiling the people who work hard every day to save lives and take care of us. Nominate a Health Care Hero by emailing Rebecca.Mullins@coxinc.com.

Name: Theophilos (Theo) Auguste-Johnson

Hometown (where you live now): Liberty Twp.

Job title: Lead CT Technologist

Where do you work: Sycamore Medical Center

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Describe what your day is like and what you do: First off, I work with a great group of coworkers. They're the reason why I can perform my job to the best of my ability. We are normally a high-volume CT department that takes care of emergency room patients, inpatients and outpatients.

I perform different CT scans and procedures that help diagnose and treat patients. A few examples include CT-guided biopsies to rule out different forms of cancers, CT-guided imaging procedures to place drain tubes in patients who develop abscesses after surgery, and CT-scanning protocols for trauma and stroke patients.

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What inspired you to get into health care? When I was 13, I developed a ganglion cyst in my right wrist. My surgeon ordered X-rays as part of a pre-surgery work up. I remembered being so fascinated when I saw the X-rays of my wrist and asking the X-ray technologist all about the profession. Fast forward to today and a few attempts at different careers paths, I finally found my way back to radiology after getting my degree in 2003.

What's a memorable experience you've had in health care? A patient that I helped came back to personally thank me for helping save his life.

What do you want readers to know about your job right now: People might not realize this, but radiology is also in the forefront of this coronavirus health crisis that we are all facing right now. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

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