About the Professions
Medical imaging technologists may do some or all of the following:
- provide information to patients about what will happen during their examinations
- prepare patients and equipment for examinations
- produce diagnostic images for diagnosis of injuries or possible diseases
- prepare and administer radioactive materials (tracers) or x-ray dye to patients
- check the quality of images taken
- write reports
- perform quality assurance testing on equipment.
Radiation therapists may do some or all of the following:
- work with radiation oncologists (cancer specialists) to plan and deliver treatment
- use computed tomography (CT) scans, computer programmes and clinical information to plan radiation treatment
- make immobilisation devices, such as masks, to help patients lie still during treatment
- build rapport and communicate with patients during treatment
- deliver radiation treatment using high energy x-ray machines (linear accelerators)
- educate people about radiation therapy and its side effects.