Radiographers are highly educated, highly skilled health care professionals who provide care for clients in any setting that requires imaging services. As licensed professionals, radiographers assist the physician, particularly the radiologist, in using ionizing radiation (x-rays) in diagnosis of diseases and malfunctions of the human body. The radiographer operates radiologic (x-ray) equipment under the general direction of a physician to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on the radiograph by applying knowledge of anatomy, positioning, and radiographic technique.
General radiographers are those imaging professionals whose expertise lends itself to the care and well-being of patients. Duties include fluoroscopy, portable imaging, routine imaging and emergency imaging.
Advanced Training Radiographers
Radiographers who receive additional training are able to work in Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Special Procedures, Cardiac Catheterization and Mammography. Additionally, with advanced formal education, opportunities exist in the imaging fields of Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy.
Radiographers can become educators, managers of imaging departments, service engineers, and systems managers.