Medical Radiation Technologist Ringa Hangarau Pūhihi Whakaora

Medical radiation technologists use x-ray and other imaging equipment to take images of injuries and diseases. 

Medical radiation technologists need to be registered with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board and hold an Annual Practising Certificate.

Medical radiation technologists may do some or all of the following:

  • provide information to patients about what will happen during their examinations
  • prepare patients and equipment for examinations
  • produce diagnostic images to help with diagnosis of injuries or possible diseases
  • prepare and administer radioactive materials (tracers) or x-ray dye to patients
  • check the quality of images taken
  • make reports
  • perform quality assurance testing on equipment.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

To become a Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologist you must complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) at the University of Auckland.

Mammography specialist

To become a mammography specialist you must complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Mammography) from the University of Auckland. 

Nuclear medicine technologist

To become a nuclear medicine technologist you must complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Medical Imaging (Nuclear Medicine Pathway) at the University of Auckland.

Sonographer

To become a sonographer you must complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Ultrasound) at the University of Auckland.

Physical Requirements

Medical radiation technologists need to be reasonably strong as they may lift and move patients into positions for scans. They also need good hand-eye co-ordination, as lab work and patient injections require steady hands.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for medical radiation technologists includes:

  • any work in the health sector
  • photography
  • technical work
  • lab work
  • any jobs involving contact with people.

Personal Qualities

Medical radiation technologists need to be:

  • mature, responsible and patient
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to work independently and as part of a team
  • able to follow instructions
  • excellent communicators so they can relate well to patients and other staff
  • good decision-makers
  • competent with technology.

Medical radiation technologists must not be squeamish, as they may have to deal with people who have severe injuries.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for medical radiation technologists includes:

  • any work in the health sector
  • photography
  • technical work
  • lab work
  • any jobs involving contact with people.

Medical Radiation Technologists can earn around $50K-$69K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Medical Radiation Technologist are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Medical radiation technologists may move between areas of radiography if they are registered and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate covering that area. They can also progress into management and teaching roles, or marketing and sales.

Medical radiation technologists can specialise in a number of roles, including:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imagers use MRI scanners, radio frequency waves, and magnetic fields to diagnose injuries and possible diseases.
Mammography Specialist
Mammography specialists use mammography scanners to take images of the breasts.
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Nuclear medicine technologists use radioactive materials (tracers) and gamma cameras to diagnose and occasionally treat diseases.
Sonographer
Sonographers use ultrasound scanners and sound waves to take images of internal parts of the body.
Medical Radiation Technologist

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