B.Sc (Hons) Medical Imaging Technology
A medical imaging technologist / medical radiological technologist / medical imaging scientist is a university-trained health professional who works with cutting edge technology to produce X-Rays, CT (Computed Tomography) scans, MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) scans and other medical images to assist clinical radiologists and other doctors diagnose, monitor or treat a patients injury or illness.
1. These professionals can train in specialized areas such as:
Trauma radiography, which usually involves working in emergency departments.
2. Mobile radiography, which involves using special machines for patients who are too sick to travel.
3. CT (computed tomography) scans.
4. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans.
5. Fluoroscopy – an X-ray test that examines the internal body and shows moving images on a screen like a movie.
6. Angiography – imaging of blood vessels and the heart.
7. Working in operating theatres to assist surgeons with special X-ray equipment during operations.
The medical imaging technologists have a very thorough understanding of the body’s structure, how it is affected by injury, and the causes and effects of disease.
The radiographer performs the medical imaging on the instructions of the radiologist. The radiologist then interprets the images the technologist has taken and communicates the results to the referring doctor.
They also assist radiologists and other specialist doctors in Image guided liver biopsy, ascetic tap, ultrasound, joint injection and other specialized procedures.