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Radiographers, also known as Medical Imagery Professionals, are responsible for running radiation equipment. This equipment is used to take X-rays and for other diagnostic, monitoring, and treatment purposes. They often work in conjunction with radiologists and other high-ranking medical professionals like doctors.

Duties and tasks

  • Answering patients questions about the radiation process
  • Deciding on the accuracy and quality of images taken
  • Following up on patients with medical professionals
  • Monitoring the status of radiation processes
  • Performing radiation processes on patients
  • Receiving referrals from medical professionals for radiation services
  • Setting up radiation and recording equipment

Skills required

  • Ability to manipulate and control dials, switches, and gauges
  • Active listening skills
  • Oral communication skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Use of logical, critical thinking, and reasoning

Working conditions

Radiographers typically work in hospitals or other medical facilities like clinics or freestanding radiation centres.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency 

Australian Institute of Radiography 

Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia 

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