Medical Radiation TechnologistAlternative titles
Ringa Hangarau Pūhihi Whakaora
This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Diagnostic Imaging General Technologist
- Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI)
- Medical Imaging Technologist
- Nuclear Medicine Technologist
- X-ray Technician
Medical radiation technologists use x-ray and other imaging equipment to take images of people's injuries and possible diseases.
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To become a medical radiation technologist you need to:
- complete a Bachelor's degree in medical radiation technology, which includes work in a clinical setting
- gain registration with the NZ Medical Radiation Technologists Board
- have an Annual Practising Certificate, which is issued by the Board.
Relevant degrees are available through:
- Universal College of Learning (UCOL)
- Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).
You may need to pass health and police checks, and attend an interview and/or an observation day, to get into the course.
Further training needed to specialise
To specialise in mammography, computed tomography (CT), ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), you need to complete a postgraduate qualification in the relevant area.
You need to complete a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Health Science, specialising in mammography, available from Unitec, while working in the field.
Computed tomography (CT), ultrasound (sonography) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
You need to complete a postgraduate diploma in the relevant area, available from Unitec, while working in the field.
Nuclear medicine technology
If you are interested in qualifying in nuclear medicine technology, contact the NZ Medical Radiation Technologists Board to find out your options, as they are in the process of working out which qualifications will be accredited. Study is likely to be by distance-learning through an Australian institution.
There is also a Master of Health Science (Medical Radiation) available from Unitec, for those wishing to study further.
- Unitec website - information on medical radiation technology courses
- CPIT website - information on the Bachelor of Medical Imaging
- UCOL website - information on the Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology)
- New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board website - information on registration
- New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board website - information on Annual Practising Certificates
A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, maths and calculus, science, particularly physics, computing and information management.
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 for medical radiation technologists includes:
- any work in the health sector
- technical work
- lab work
- any jobs involving contact with people.
Medical radiation technologists need to have a good level of fitness as they may need to 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.
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Updated 4 Nov 2013