What is a Radiographer?
A radiographer, also known as a Medical Imaging Technologist, is a health professional responsible for safely scanning patients using imaging equipment, including X-Ray, CT, MRI and Bone Densitometry to produce high quality diagnostic images that assist doctors and other health practitioners to diagnose, analyse, monitor and treat a wide variety of conditions. Radiographers are highly skilled technologists and an integral part of the medical team whose role is to operate advanced imaging equipment safely and accurately, to obtain the highest quality diagnostic images.
A radiographer’s role encompasses consulting with the patient before performing an imaging test, explaining the scan process, ensuring accurate and safe positioning of the patient, ensuring radiation levels (for CT and X-Ray) are minimized, and image quality is optimal. The radiographer performs investigations requested by the referring clinician, usually in consultation with or under the supervision of an attending radiologist, to ensure the most appropriate test is performed using optimal imaging techniques, and that images are of optimal diagnostic quality. The radiologist reports the study, and the report is sent to the referring clinician.