whatRadiographers provide patient services with the use of imaging equipment, as directed by physicians qualified to order radiologic procedures. They are responsible for exercising independent judgment in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures by adapting the variable technical parameters of the procedure to the condition of the patient, and by initiating lifesaving first aid and basic life support procedures as necessary during medical emergencies.

Responsibilities of a Radiographer
 
  • Prepare radiographic equipment and supplies for various procedures involving the use of ionizing radiation.
  • Care for patients, including: Assisting patients into appropriate positions for examinations, responding to patients physical and emotional needs, recognizing signs of emergency medial conditions, and effectively communicating with patients, their families, and all medical staff.
  • Accurately position patients for radiographic imaging.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of the use of radiation exposure factors and radiation safety measures.
  • Provide assistance to radiologists and other physicians during procedures which may include emergency and/or high stress situations. Must be able to understand and follow verbal instructions in a variety of settings and act in a professional manner.
  • Process and evaluate radiographs, ensuring correct exposure and anatomy for an accurate diagnosis.

Areas where Radiographers may work and/or specialize

  • General Diagnostic Radiography
    Plain films of the chest, abdomen, bones, etc.
  • Fluoroscopy
    Real-time imaging of the body's internal organs following injection/ingestion of contrast media.
  • Emergency Room/Trauma
    Immediate radiographs of trauma victims and acutely ill patients.
  • Operating Room
    Imaging during surgical procedures to assist the surgical team.
  • Portable/mobile Radiography
    Imaging patients with a mobile unit at the bedside (intensive care unit, recovery room, etc.)
  • Vascular/Interventional Procedures
    Radiographic examinations of blood vessels, including diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
    Computerized sectional imaging of the body.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    Computerized imaging with the use of magnetic fields and radio-frequency waves to create sectional images of the body.
  • Mammography
    Breast imaging for the purpose of early breast cancer detection.
  • Bone Densitometry
    Use of a special type of imaging equipment to measure bone mineral density.
  • Quality Management
    Performance of quality control testing on radiographic equipment and collection and analysis of data to monitor the quality of processes and systems in the radiology department.
Job Opportunities for Radiographers
  • Hospitals and Medical Centers
  • Ambulatory Care Centers/ Walk-in Clinics
  • Private Physician's Offices (Radiology, Orthopedic, Rheumatology, etc.)
  • Mobile Imaging Companies
  • Radiographic equipment repair and manufacturing
  • Radiographic equipment sales and applications
  • Radiography Education
  • Healthcare Management