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Job Title - Radiographer
A Radiographer applies X-rays, radioactive substances or ultrasound to patients for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The radiographer works at the request of a qualified doctor or dentist.
Typical Job Activities
are four categories of radiography:
Diagnostic radiography: The radiographer captures x-ray images of the human body on film or other media using sophisticated x-ray equipment
Therapeutic radiography: The radiographer localises, plans and administers radiation for the treatment of diseases, mostly cancer
Nuclear medicine: Radioactive nuclides are used to capture diagnostic images of the anatomy and physiology of the patient
Ultrasound: Images of the human body are recorded using equipment which generates high-frequency sound waves. The radiographer may also be involved in administration, personnel management or teaching
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years University/Technikon Studies
Senior Certificate with matric
exemption for a degree course
Senior Certificate for a diploma course
Mathematics and Physical Science
Recommended subjects: Biology
What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?
good health and average stamina
Be able to get along well with others
Have a desire to help people
Be emotionally mature and stable
Inspire confidence and set patients at ease
Be an accurate and thorough worker
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International Employment Market
- national, provincial, local councils and related organisations like
universities, hospitals and clinics
Self-employed: Contractor, consultant, own practice, freelance - Private radiological practices
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Relevant Contact Details
Society of Radiographers of South Africa
Career Progress and Path
in specific field
Possible Career Paths
Specialist career in the specific field
Reasons to consider this career
A job in
A job in private companies
A stable job
To be of service to people
To work with technology
To focus on a specific field