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Recruitment: Specialized Medical Imaging Careers

February 8, 2022 0 Comments

There might be no better time to think about training for a role in medical imaging.

Radiographers, radiologists and sonographers are among a critical part of our healthcare ecosystem. These medical imaging roles are involved with performing a wide range of tasks including:

  • Receiving referrals to perform medical imaging and radiation treatment
  • Determining the appropriate equipment to use
  • Calculating details of procedures such as length and intensity of exposure to radiation, size and strength of dosage of isotopes, and settings of recording equipment
  • Explaining procedures to patients and answering patients’ inquiries about processes
  • Monitoring patient welfare during procedures
  • Viewing the screen and deciding if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes
  • Conveying findings of procedures to Medical Practitioners

Working in tandem, the two roles are key to both the diagnosis and treatment of a range of health conditions and diseases either through radiation or minimally invasive, image-guided therapeutic intervention. Both roles require extensive training but the payoff is a healthy job market awaiting graduates and above-average salaries.

What can be the average salary?

According to Job Outlook, the average medical imaging salary sits at around $2500 a week, well above the weekly average earnings of $1460, although depending on the specific role, its seniority and location, this can vary widely.

Looking at the workforce, in 2020 there were nearly 21,000 working in the field, with 67% working full-time at an average of 41 hours per week. Future growth prospects for the industry are rated as ‘very high’.

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Specialized medical imaging roles

As with any profession, there are a range of roles available to those working in medical imaging (Gorilla Jobs has a full listing of them here), and the base or hourly salary can vary according to the role.

Here are five roles you might want to consider.

CT Radiographer

Performing one of the fastest and most accurate scans available in medical imaging, CT radiographers take images of a patient’s body from many angles to put together as complete a picture as possible in the diagnosis of internal injuries and disease.

Sonographer

Using ultrasound high-frequency sound waves to take images of the body’s internal organs and tissues, sonographers are trained to obtain diagnostic images that assist in the diagnosis of disease and abnormalities.

Sonographer – Women’s Imaging

These are sonographers who specialise in women’s medical imaging, specifically producing diagnostic images.

Cardiac Sonographer

These medical imaging professionals are specially trained to use imaging technology to help diagnose heart problems via an echocardiogram, the use of ultrasound equipment that provides moving 2-D or 3-D images of the heart and its chambers.

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