Radiography is an imaging technique using X-rays, gamma rays, or similar ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation to view the internal form of an object. Applications of radiography include medical radiography (“diagnostic” and “therapeutic”) and industrial radiography. Detection being a key function of this department, technological up gradation is of vital importance. It is used to diagnose or treat patients by recording images of the internal structure of the body to assess the presence or absence of disease, foreign objects, and structural damage or anomaly. During a radiographic procedure, an x-ray beam is passed through the body. Radiography is an advancing profession, very varied, requires strong patient care and high levels of patient contact, but it’s very rewarding.
Combine a passion for technology with sharp analytical skills and a desire to help others, and you’ll have the ideal applicant for a radiography and medical technology degree. Far from being simply technicians, radiographers can play a huge part in a patient’s journey – in fact, therapeutic radiographers will build up extensive personal relationships with patients, as they work with them daily to administer their required treatment. This is often using x-rays (and other ionising radiation) to treat cancer and tumours.
Diagnostic radiographers, on the other hand, will the use the techniques and technology at their disposal to figure out the cause of a patient’s illness, which could involve using x-rays, MRI machines, or ultrasound. Diagnostic radiographers often work in the radiology and imaging department, and use their skills to supplement patient care for most other departments in the hospital, including accident and emergency, and operating theatres.