Radiography is the art and science of using radiation to provide images of the tissues, organs, bones, and vessels that comprise the human body. These images may be recorded on film or displayed on a video monitor. Sometimes motion picture film or videotape is used. Radiologists (physicians who have had special training in interpreting x-ray images) read or diagnose these images. Treatment of patient depends on the accurate and precise production of radiographic examinations.
The radiographer is an essential member of the health care team. The body part of the patient must be accurately positioned, and only the amount of radiation necessary to produce a quality diagnostic image must be applied. These are two important aspects of the responsibilities of the radiographer. 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.
With this knowledge, radiography is a safe career. It is also a satisfying career. The radiographer contributes a special talent to help diagnose injury and disease.