As a diagnostic radiographer, you'll acquire images to help with the diagnosis of illnesses and injuries. With experience, you may also contribute towards interpreting images, establishing treatment plans and helping with intervention procedures, for example the removal of kidney stones.
- Minimum Qualification: Degree
- Experience Level: Entry level
- Experience Length: No Experience/Less than 1 year
- Assess patients and their clinical requirements to work out which radiographic techniques to use.
- Take responsibility for radiation safety in your work area, including checking equipment for malfunctions and errors.
- Manage referrals to ensure patients receive a radiation dose as low as reasonably possible.
- Supervise staff and patients in radiation work areas.
- Help in more complex radiological examinations, working with doctors such as radiologists and surgeons.
- Provide support and reassurance to patients, taking into account their physical and psychological needs.
- Keep up to date with health and safety guidelines, including ionizing radiation regulations, to protect yourself and others.
- Knowledge of medical procedures and medicine
- Outstanding thinking and reasoning skills
- Proficiency in the use of computers and the most popular software packages
- Knowledge and understanding of biology
- Ability to work independently, but also as a part of a healthcare team
- Sensitivity and understanding towards patients during procedures
- Excellent attention to detail and the ability to perform well under pressure
- Physical strength to assist with the lifting or moving of patients to ensure their positioning is correct for the specific procedure
- Analyzing and reporting X-ray results to Doctors
- Monitoring all radiographic supplies and submitting purchase requests to maintain proper supply levels
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