A radiographer works with medical imaging equipment (particularly X-rays) to create images of patients that a physician may use in diagnosing injuries and disease. They typically work in hospitals, large clinics or as part of a dedicated radiography business that sees referrals for these procedures. Radiographers prepare and set up equipment for each patient, as well as help keep the patient at ease throughout the process while creating medically useful images. Radiographers are typically different from radiologists; radiographers normally create diagnostic imaging before giving them to another medical professional for interpretation, while radiologists may be involved in both imaging and interpretation.
Typically, radiographers see patients with referrals from a primary care physician or emergency practitioner who has already performed a preliminary examination. From that examination, the radiographer is presented with instructions on what information is needed from X-ray or other scanned imaging. The radiographer decides what equipment will best create the required images and creates them. Radiographers may also be asked to perform follow-up imaging work to assess treatment progress, and they help ensure the proper functioning of all imaging equipment in his or her department.
Most radiographers begin in this career field by taking classes at community colleges or vocational schools that offer specialized training in this area. Most jurisdictions or employers also require radiographers to hold certification in the field as well.
Work with patients, explain testing procedure, and put them at ease through the x-ray process.
Fill out daily inspection reports, paperwork, and documentation as required.
Effectively perform assigned radiography tasks and interpret results of inspections.
Ensure strict adherence to industry health guidelines as well as company radiation safety regulations.