If you get injuries, especially those affecting your bones and muscles, the first type of examination your doctor prescribes is an x-ray. The results of your x-ray would help your doctor see the condition or state of your bones and muscles to determine the extent of the damage. But there are also times when an x-ray is just part of a routine check-up, often examining your chest area for the state of your lungs and heart.
X-ray is a procedure under the medical category of radiography. The person who attends to you when you undergo this procedure is what you call a radiologic technologist or, in a simpler term, a radiographer.
Radiographers work in clinics, hospitals and laboratories. They help you out in the actual examination as well as in the generation of the resulting film that you would present to your doctor. You would also find radiographers who engage in their own practice through diagnostic clinics they have set up themselves. Radiographers are actually experts in various sciences like physiology, anatomy, biology and of course radiology. In fact, radiographers take a very rigorous education because of the many forms of sciences they have to study. Definitely they have to understand how the body works so that they make proper interpretations of whatever results they get from the examinations.
There are different specialties under radiography. Everybody who practices each of these specialties is considered radiographers. For one, there is the diagnostic radiographer who examines your internal organs and bones. There is also the sonographer who is tasked to examine you if you are pregnant or with conditions related to the abdomen and cardiac systems. You also consider as radiographers those who perform MRI and CT scans, which are used to get visions of slices and tissues in your body through 2D or 3D imaging. Finally, a radiographer can also perform radiotherapy or the use of radiation in the treatment of cancerous growths in your body.
It is indeed difficult to be a radiographer. This is not just because of how difficult it is to familiarize oneself with the many complicated parts of the body. It is also because there is a lot at stake with how you read the results of the scan. Each interpretation is as important as the next because you can just as easily make or break a person’s heart with the results you hold. Being a radiographer is not an easy task but it’s very rewarding to help people with their need.
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