Radiographers or radiologic technologists use x-rays of patients to help diagnose specific medical conditions and problems. They are also responsible for other types of radiographs, including CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds. It may also be in the radiographer’s job description to operate other specialized equipment involving injected dyes and radiographic images of the vascular system.
An ability to converse and explain procedures are an essential quality of a radiographer. They must be able to explain what each process consists of and what is expected of the patient during the procedure. Patience and understanding are valuable helping a patient through a time-consuming x-ray or similar procedure.
Many radiographers will be required to work weekends and holidays, especially when just starting out. However, the opportunity for advancement is always available, and many will consider attending more school over time to earn a more advanced degree.
- Overseeing patients, performing X-rays, CT scans, and angiography which involves injecting a dye into the patient’s body then taking pictures to show up their vascular (heart and blood) system.
- Instructs patients, answers their questions and presents their x-ray films to the doctor. It’s important to get a good quality images as a poor image can lead to mis-diagnosis.
- A minimum of an associate’s degree in radiation science; medical record keeping, biology, and similar medical classes are part of the coursework for the degree.
- Must pass a board exam before being issued a license to practice
The pay scale of a Medical Diagnostic Radiographer ranges from AUD$40,821 – AUD$89,158 and the median being AU$66,867