What is the radiographer's job? Almost everyone has had an X-ray. The radiographer's job is to obtain images through the use of ionizing radiation equipment of specific body parts like the chest, elbows or knee. To accomplish this, radiographers must apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic technique (X-ray unit settings). They must also be able to communicate effectively with patients, other health professionals and the public. Additional duties may include inputting computer information, processing film, evaluating radiographic images and equipment, managing a radiographic quality assurance program and providing patient education relevant to specific imaging procedures. The radiographer should display personal attributes of compassion, competency and concern in meeting the special needs of the patient.
The field of Radiologic Technology encompasses other specialty areas like Interventional Radiography, Cardiac Catheterization, Computerized Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Other related fields of imaging include Ultra-sound (Sonography), Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine.
A Radiographer will be able to find employment in many various radiographic settings from the major and minor hospitals to Medical Centers or Emergency Walk-In Clinics, Radiologist or Orthopedic Offices. The program has a high job placement rate. The starting pay range for a radiographer is from $15.50-$18.30 per hour in Western Michigan.
Presently, five clinical courses are taken during the program at one of following six program-affiliated hospitals:
- Holland Community Hospital
- Metro Health Hospital
- Spectrum Health - Blodgett Campus
- Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital
- Spectrum Health - Zeeland Community Hospital
- Spectrum Health - United Hospital Greenville