Duties of a Radiographer
- Radiology technicians (RT) and technologists (RTL) will generally be responsible for preparing and safely positioning patients to get the most accurate images. Tasks for a radiology tech may range from assisting a radiologist with advanced preparation and testing to administrative tasks, such as organizing work schedules and maintaining patient records. An RTL may perform or specialize in mammography, computed tomography, or magnetic resonance imaging. Depending on the institution, RTs and RTLs may require on-call, evening, or weekend availability.
- Similarly, sonographers also assist physicians with data images designed to identify issues with internal organs using noninvasive sound waves. Sonographers may specialize in several areas, including women's health, vascular technology, or echocardiography. Sonographers may work in hospitals, medical clinics, or private practice.
- Assess patients and their clinical requirements to work out which radiographic techniques to use
- Perform a range of radiographic examinations on patients to produce high-quality images.
- Take responsibility for radiation safety in the work area, including checking equipment for malfunctions and errors.
- Manage referrals to ensure patients receive a radiation dose as low as reasonably possible.
- Supervise visiting 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, considering their physical and psychological needs.
- Supervise radiography and imaging support assistants.
- Keep up to date with health and safety guidelines, including ionizing radiation regulations, to protect self and others.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to explain procedures to patients.
- Supportive and caring disposition
- Good observation skills and attention to detail.
- Self-motivation and the ability to work under pressure.
- Organization and decision-making skills.
- Ability to work as part of a healthcare team.
- Confidence in using leading-edge technologies.
- IT skills
- A high level of emotional intelligence to manage the emotional and distressing situations one may encounter.
- Certificate or associate's degree in radiologic technology or radiology; bachelor's degrees available in radiography and sonography, anatomy and pathology.
- 2 years
Licensing and Certification
- Annual Practicing/ Registration document.
- Iju Fagba Lagos.