My first portable electronic signaling device!
Fastened to my belt
you looked sleek and modern
and you had an (initially) soothing buzz.
I felt important
Almost no one else
had one like it
(except drug dealers).
Many a time you summoned me
to the site of a waiting family
to be asked questions that as a medical student
I had no earthly idea how to answer.
In residency, you were even cooler.
A digital display
and a clock.
But, you woke me up all the time.
“Check this lateral c-spine.”
I wasn’t very nice to you, often.
Can I ever forgive myself
for slamming you into the wall?
At least the page operator was forgiving.
You followed me for years.
We grew up together, you and I.
Giving me numbers to call
and people’s names to ponder over
before finally calling.
A constant companion
but you’re gone.
I sign out to my cell.
And now, I’m starting to hate it, too.
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Phillips CD. Wet Read: An Ode to a Beeper. Appl Radiol. 2020;49(5):56.
Dr. Phillips is a Professor of Radiology, Director of Head and Neck Imaging, at Weill Cornell Medical College, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. He is a member of the Applied Radiology Editorial Advisory Board.