Creating the images that are used to diagnose injuries
and diseases is what diagnostic imaging is all about. It's an exciting
and rewarding career. You will work closely with both patients and physicians,
providing patient care while using advanced technology.
Radiography is the combined art and science of using radiation to produce
images of tissue, organs, bones and vessels of the body. These images
may be recorded on film or displayed on a video to show multiple body
other times motion picture film or videotape is used. Proper treatment
of a patient depends on accurate and precise radiographic examinations.
Broken bones can be aligned, ulcers can be detected and many other injuries
and diseases can be treated when their exact nature is known to the physician.
The radiographer is an essential member of the health care team. Responsibilities
include accurately positioning the patient, producing quality diagnostic
images, good patient care and communication skills.
Specialty areas of radiography include mammography,
and computed tomography. Magnetic resonance
imaging also is generally included in the classification of radiography,
although its physics basis does not involve ionizing radiation, but rather
electromagnetic pulse sequences in a form similar to radio waves.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, or
ultrasound, is used to look at the developing fetus, but also to examine
many different parts of the body, including the blood vessels and internal
organs. It is a demanding field, but rewarding in many ways.