Health Service Categories and Careers


Radiography/Sonography involves the applied science of medical imaging technologies. This field focuses on the technical operation of specialised scanning machines, such as those that use radiation (X-ray, CT scans) or MRI, which produce images of the inside of the body which are then clinically analysed by radiologists and other specialist doctors. Medical Imaging is useful to diagnose medical conditions and injuries, to guide treatment and to assess a patient’s response to treatment. More recently, this field has been expanded as Medical Radiation Science, and incorporates Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy streams. Sonography is an extended specialisation which uses Ultrasound technology to generate medical imaging.

Radiography Jobs

Radiographers/Medical Radiation Practitioners/Nuclear Medicine Technologist/Radiation Therapists/Medical Radiation Scientists perform scans on people of all ages and provide critical medical imaging services which help doctors identify conditions and inform treatment and care. Radiographers/Medical Radiation Practitioners work in hospital radiology departments, medical laboratories, private practices and community clinics. Practitioners can specialise in diagnostic radiology/medical imaging, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine. They work in multidisciplinary teams and in collaboration with other medical specialist departments, such as oncology or orthopaedics. Depending on their specialisation and career path, practitioners can work as Nuclear Medicine Scientists/Technologists, Radiation Therapists, diagnostic radiographers, or Medical Imaging Technologists. To pursue a career in this field, you can complete a Bachelor of Medical Imaging/Radiation Science, or alternatively, postgraduate studies following an Applied or Health Science degree, and register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (AHPRA).