Medical Imaging Technologist

Definition

Medical Imaging Technologists are responsible for the outcome of the diagnostic imaging examination. The outcome of the examination is recorded electronically to allow for consultation with other health and medical practitioners. 

Medical Imaging Technologists produce high quality diagnostic radiographs or carry out diagnostic procedures using ionising radiation. With appropriate training, Medical Imaging Technologists may practise computed tomography (CT), mammography, and angiography. Medical Imaging Technologists evaluate the diagnostic quality of images and take corrective measures as required. 

Medical Imaging Technologists competencies include, but are not limited to, patient care, patient positioning, imaging physics and technology, anatomy and physiology identification and assessment, bio-effects and radiation safety, clinical and organisational responsibility for the examination, and quality assurance.

Qualifications

To register as a Medical Imaging Technologist in New Zealand the practitioner must satisfy one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in diagnostic medical imaging from a New Zealand tertiary education institution that is accredited and monitored by the Board.
  • A qualification in diagnostic medical imaging approved by the Board combined with appropriate medical imaging experience.
  • A medical imaging qualification and a pass in a Board examination combined with appropriate medical imaging experience.

New Zealand qualifications

The Board has accredited three New Zealand undergraduate qualifications for the purpose of registration as a Medical Imaging Technologist:

  • Bachelor of Medical Imaging issued by Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) issued by the Universal College of Learning (UCOL)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Imaging) issued by Unitec Institute of Technology

Overseas qualifications

To be eligible for registration as a medical imaging or radiation therapy practitioner, you need to meet the Board’s qualification requirements and registration standards. Further information for overseas-trained applicants can be found here.

Required experience

In addition to holding a relevant undergraduate qualification, you must also be able to provide evidence you have a minimum of 3360 hours of clinical experience in the scope of practice you are applying for registration in.