When you need x-ray imaging, it is the radiographer (Medical Radiation Technologist) who conducts the examination. They explain, prepare and position you for each x-ray exposure, and then process the image(s) so they are available to the radiologist to read and report on. The MRT is responsible for the operation of the x-ray machine so as to minimise the amount of radiation used in the examination. They also co-ordinate the regular maintenance of the machine and liaise with the IESR (old National Radiation Laboratory) in licensing the equipment.
The modern MRT has completed a demanding degree course including extensive practical instruction and evaluation to back up advanced technical and anatomical studies.
Many radiographers further develop their career to perform CT and MRI examinations.