How to become a medical imaging professional
Pathways to this career
- Complete a medical radiation or medical imaging degree.
- Develop a professional focus and open doors with postgraduate degree in medical imaging.
- If your past degree was less than 4 years or did not include a clinical component, an additional year of clinical practice in an accredited radiology department is required.
- Before undertaking clinical placements students will need their National Police Certificate, First Aid Certificate, immunisations and Working with Children Check.
- Obtain a license to operate radiation equipment with the regulatory body of your state or territory.
What does a medical imaging professional do?Medical imaging professionals - also known as radiographers - operate radiation-producing and imaging equipment. They are experts with X-rays, ultrasound, CT equipment, and more. Working with radiologists and medical practitioners, medical imaging professionals are highly skilled and essential members of a health team.
Duties and tasks
- Answer patients questions about the radiation process.
- Decide on the accuracy and quality of images taken.
- Follow up on patients with medical professionals.
- Monitor the status of radiation processes.
- Perform radiation processes on patients.
- Receive referrals from medical professionals for radiation services.
- Set up radiation and recording equipment.
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- Australian Institute of Radiography
- Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia
- Consultant physician
- MRI radiographer
- Medical diagnostic radiographer
- Medical imaging technologist
- Nuclear medicine technologist
- Radiation therapist
- Specialist medical practitioners
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