X-ray (Diagnostic Radiographer)
This occupation is found in all healthcare settings including, primary,
secondary and tertiary healthcare, independent and private healthcare sectors.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide excellent patient care
by obtaining images of a high diagnostic quality using a range of high cost and complex
imaging equipment. This will include imaging using x-rays and cross-sectional
imaging methods (Computed Tomography or CT), fluoroscopy and Interventional Radiology and
will be able to assist in other imaging modalities such as Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI), Breast Imaging and Nuclear Medicine.
Diagnostic Radiographers work with a broad range of patients, e.g., patients who may have
mental and/or physical disabilities or be distressed, children and the terminally ill.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with
patients, their carer, members of the public and other healthcare staff e.g., porters,
nurses, other allied health professionals, doctors, external contractors,
engineers and medical physicists etc. They will primarily work in diagnostic imaging
departments in hospitals (inpatients and outpatients), but also provide mobile imaging on
Wards, including the Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal
Unit, Emergency Department and Operating Theatres. Diagnostic Radiographers may also provide
imaging in stand- alone satellite units.
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