Congratulations! You have made it through medical school and are about to embark on a journey which will change you and which only few will understand. So before you get thrown in, some friendly advice from the Radiologist.
Whilst you are carrying notes, trying to scribble something legible, simultaneously updating your list, answering your bleep, wondering why the consultant is two patients ahead of you and what that smell is - you will have someone on the ward round say "order a CT" and they’ll be gone, moved on before you can write: obs stable, apyrexial.
Once the WR is done and you are the lucky one who gets to request the imaging take note - You don’t order imaging. This isn’t Nando's - you request it.
If you do not know why you’re ordering the test - ask a senior. If they don’t know - ask their senior - this is vital and leads us to our next point -