Radiographers are healthcare professionals who specialise in operating cutting edge machineries to capture the imaging of human anatomy for injury or disease diagnosis. Several common examples of medical imaging are X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans.

Nature of the job

Radiographers work hand in hand with radiologists. The radiographer usually performs the medical imaging following the instructions of the radiologist. Radiographers need to have a very thorough understanding of the body’s structure to have a meaningful, patient-focused imaging session.

You will be dealing with patients for the most part of your work, so compassion and excellent communication skills are essential. Be sensitive to your patients’ questions and concerns. Give very clear instructions as patients usually do not know the ‘Dos & Don’ts’ during the sessions. A word of warning for yourself, you need to exercise special care to minimise your exposure to stray radiation when using equipment like X-ray systems.

Your work setting can take place in a clinic or hospitals. You may be required to work on shifts especially in a hospital.

Job Description
  • Responsible for preparing and safely positioning patients in order to get the most accurate imaging
  • Some general administrative work, including maintaining patient records
  • Assist radiologist, whenever required

Career Progress: Assistant Radiographer > Radiographer > Advanced Radiographer > Consultant Radiographer