Radiographer

Diagnostic radiographers work mainly within the radiology and imaging departments of hospitals but may also work in surgeries and clinics.

Radiology departments within hospitals normally include a number of sections encompassing a wide range of different imaging modalities e.g. ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and, of course, X-rays. Diagnostic radiographers are able to undertake most investigations but may later specialise in one particular area.

Some of the imaging technology that a diagnostic radiographer may use are:

  • X-Ray - looks through tissues to examine bones, cavities and foreign objects.
  • Fluoroscopy - images the digestive system providing a real-time image.
  • CT (Computed Tomography) - which provides cross-sectional views (slices) of the body.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) - builds a 2-D or 3-D map of the different tissue types within the body.
  • Ultrasound - well known for its use in obstetrics and gynaecology. Also used to check circulation and examine the heart.
  • Angiography - used to investigate blood vessels

Diagnostic radiographers provide a service for most departments within the hospital including, accident and emergency, outpatients, operating theatres and wards. Close liaison and collaboration with a wide range of other health care professionals is therefore vital.

X-rays and ultrasound are just two of the imaging techniques used by diagnostic radiographers to look at injuries or disease, or monitor changes inside the body. While most diagnostic radiographers carry out a range of procedures, they may specialise in techniques such as computerised tomography scanning, or magnetic resonance imaging which uses magnetic field and radio frequency waves to produce cross-sectional images of the body.

Diagnostic radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession, and long-term career prospects include management, research, clinical work and teaching.

How do I become a Radiographer?

There are many available courses that lead to this profession. Below is information about courses at Monash University.

How do I become a Radiographer?

There are many available courses that lead to this profession. Below is information about courses at Monash University.