Medical imaging technologists operate X-ray and other imaging equipment, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound, to produce radiographic images that are used in the diagnosis and subsequent management of disease or injury.
Duties & Tasks
Medical imaging technologists may perform the following tasks:receive and interpret requests from medical practitioners for X-ray examinations to be performed on patientsdetermine the appropriate imaging techniques to provide doctors with diagnostic informationcalculate details of procedures (such as length and intensity of exposure to radiation) and settings of recording equipmentexplain procedures to patients and address any concerns they have about radiation processesensure patients undergo the correct preparation for the procedurecorrectly position the patient and imaging equipment to obtain the best image of the area being examinedensure the patient's welfare during the examination, particularly their exposure to radiationdevelop the X-ray filmsinspect images to determine if any further views are necessaryoperate special equipment such as fluoroscopy equipment (which gives a moving image of the part being examined), angiography equipment (which gives images of blood vessels) and computed tomography (CT) equipment (which gives cross-sectional images of the body).
Medical imaging technologists who are employed in hospitals may work in the radiology department, use mobile X-ray units at patients' bedsides or work in an operating theatre. They work as part of a team with other healthcare professionals, medical staff and nursing staff. Hours of work may involve weekend or shiftwork. Participation in an on-call roster for after-hours emergencies may also be required.
- aptitude for science able to work accurately able to work as part of a team eye for detail enjoy helping people.