By Marli Naidoo
Radiography is taking X-ray photos to look at the internal form of an object. The person who does this is a radiographer, while a radiologist is a doctor who analyses the X-ray photos.
Radiographers work in hospitals, large clinics or private radiography businesses. They set up equipment and prepare it for every patient and will also make the patient comfortable. Thereafter they work very closely with the patient to create usable medical images.
The radiographer’s work include the following:
He works with patients, explains the test procedures and talk to them during the X-ray process.
He draws up daily inspection reports and completes the paper work and documentation.
He performs radiographic tasks and interprets the results of inspections.
He ensures that health guidelines are strictly adhered to and that the undertaking’s safety measures regarding radiation are applied.
Radiographists earn between approximately R150 000 and R300 000 a year.
To become a radiographer, you must take mathematics and physical science as school subjects. Thereafter you will have to complete a three-year B degree course in radiography. You can also take a diploma course, BTech Radiography.
All students and qualified radiographers must register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
It is a highly satisfying career. However, radiography has its challenges. Radiographers work in shifts, often at night, and sometimes see patients with serious injuries.
But if you are technically inclined, can perform well under pressure, are accurate, can maintain high standards and like to work with people, this could be the career for you.
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