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