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Careers in Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology

For those of you that are scientifically and technologically minded, medical imaging and radiation oncology provide diverse and intellectually challenging career paths that offer the chance to apply your technical capabilities to make a critical difference in the lives of others.

Medical imaging is a cornerstone of modern medicine, while radiation oncology is our strongest avenue for treatment of cancer patients.

The technology used in medical imaging and radiation oncology is among the most advanced in the world.

Medical Imaging (also called Diagnostic Radiography)

Professionals in medical imaging / diagnostic radiography produce very high quality images that allow medical practitioners to diagnose injuries and diseases.

As a Medical Imaging Technician / Diagnostic Radiographer you’ll use state of the art imaging equipment, and work directly with patients so that they can understand the imaging process they are undergoing.

How to become a Medical Imaging Technician / Diagnostic Radiographer

Medical imaging is a discipline that sits within the broader field of Medical Radiation Sciences. You’ll need to take Medical Radiation Sciences as an undergraduate program or a Graduate Entry Masters program.

Some programs require a year of paid clinical experience following course completion, which is called the National Professional Development Programme (NPDP).

Is it dangerous to be around radiation all the time?

In the course of your studies in radiation science, you will learn how to minimise the doses of radiation you and your patients are exposed to. Technicians and radiographers are also equipped with devices that monitor exposure, and are safeguarded from exposure through working immediately outside of the rooms that patients are being treated in.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology is a complex and continually evolving field that sits at the cutting edge of medical science, research and technology.

It is made up of three specialist streams: Radiation Oncology, Radiation Therapy and Radiation Physics. Each focus on a component of the treatment of cancer patients with radiation therapy.

A Radiation Oncologist is a medical doctor that completes training in managing care for cancer patients that are being treated with radiation therapy.

A Radiation Therapist designs, plans and administers radiation to patients. The Radiation Therapist is responsible for their patients’ ongoing care and wellbeing throughout the treatment process.

A Radiation Oncology Medical Physicist creates, implements and monitors the delivery of radiotherapy.

How to begin a career in Radiation Oncology

The pathways to a career in Radiation Oncology differ depending on which stream you would like to pursue.

This is an excellent Australian website that provides information on how to move into Radiation Oncology, and the education and training requirement it takes to be eligible to enter each stream:


Written by Edward Grant

Director of Metro Resumes

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