Our medical radiations graduates work as skilled practitioners in the healthcare sector. They specialise as nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists, or diagnostic radiographers.
Radiography or medical imaging includes X-rays, CT scans, digital subtraction angiography, MRI and ultrasound.
Radiographers use medical imaging techniques to help diagnose and manage disease or injuries. They combine knowledge of physical and biomedical sciences with technical expertise and patient care.
Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) that are designed to target specific areas within the body, and can be used to image and diagnose changes in the body and its functioning, and treat disease.
Radiopharmaceuticals are detected using special cameras (gamma camera technology and positron emission tomography) to provide real-time images of processes occurring within the body.
Nuclear medicine technologists work closely with patients and other health professionals in the treatment of disease. They carry out tests, which may include cardiac stress tests to analyse heart function, bone scans for orthopaedic injuries and lung scans for blood clots.
Radiation therapy is one of the main treatment options for patients diagnosed with cancer.
Radiation therapists work closely with doctors to design, and administer ionising radiation treatment to cancer patients. They use highly sophisticated equipment to determine treatment plans and deliver radiation to the target, whilst minimising dose to the surrounding healthy tissue and organs.
Graduates are employed in either the public or private healthcare sectors as:
- nuclear medicine technologists;
- radiation therapists;
- or diagnostic radiographers.
Graduates can undertake further study in the specialist fields of MRI, CT, ultrasound, position emission topography (PET), and specialist areas in radiation therapy.