Diagnostic Radiographer/Medical Imaging Technologist

Diagnostic Radiographer/Medical Imaging Technologist

A Diagnostic Radiographer/Medical Imaging Technologist is responsible for producing high quality medical images that assist medical specialists and practitioners to describe, diagnose, monitor and treat a patient’s injury or illness.  Diagnostic Radiography uses both ionising and non-ionising radiation in the imaging process to provide services that include MRI or ultrasound.

Where do Diagnostic Radiographers/ Medical Imaging Technologists practice?

Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging Technology centres are found in public hospitals, many private hospitals and private radiology practices and may be large or small, metropolitan or rural.

When should I see a Diagnostic Radiographer/ Medical Imaging Technologist?

There are a wide range of reasons to see a Diagnostic Radiographer/ Medical Imaging Technologist but some typical reasons include scans undertaken during pregnancy or as part of a medical investigation following a referral from a General Practitioner or medical specialist.

What services do Diagnostic Radiographers/ Medical Imaging Technologists provide?

Diagnostic Radiographers/ Medical Imaging Technologists produce high quality images for the purpose of diagnosis of injury or disease.  It is a pivotal aspect of medicine and a patient’s diagnosis and ultimate treatment is often dependent on the images produced. The equipment used is at the high end of technology and computerisation within medicine.

How are Diagnostic Radiographers/ Medical Imaging Technologists qualified?

In order to practice in Australia, a Diagnostic Radiographer/ Medical Imaging Technologist must complete the following:

  • A degree in Medical Radiation Science, accredited by the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
  • Completion of the National Professional Development Programme, which is a year of structured supervision in an approved hospital radiology department or private radiological clinic, and is required to be granted a Validated Statement of Accreditation.
  • Continuing Professional Development

Further information

For more detailed information about Diagnostic Radiography/ Medical Imaging Technology, please visit the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation website www.asmirt.org.


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