The Radiographer is an essential member of the health-care team. The body part of the patient must be accurately positioned, and only the minimum amount of radiation necessary to produce a quality diagnostic image must be applied. These are two important aspects of the responsibility of the Radiographer. The diagnostic image is then interpreted by the physician.
Radiation, when used by persons uneducated in its characteristics and potential hazards, can be dangerous to the patient and the user. The Radiographer understands radiation and knows how to produce quality diagnostic examinations safely. This protects both the patient and the Radiographer.
Radiation Protection is taught across the Radiologic Technology curriculum. Radiation Protection is the heart beat of the professional Radiographer. The Student Handbook (PDF) is full of radiation protection policies and procedures that reinforce that classroom material.
With this knowledge, Radiography is a safe career. It is also a satisfying career. The Radiographer contributes a special talent to help diagnose injury.