Diagnostic radiographers work with sophisticated medical radiation equipment and use a wide range of techniques to produce radiographic images of the body. These radiographic images will assist the healthcare team in diagnosing illness or injury.
Apart from using X-ray equipment, diagnostic radiographers also utilise high-end systems to process data and perform complex multi-planar and three-dimensional reconstructions in radiological investigations. These include using equipment such as but not limited to:
Computerised Tomography (CT)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
With the advancement of Information Technology in the medical field, diagnostic radiographers increasingly find themselves involved in managing the technology required in the production, display, manipulation, transmission and archival of radiographic images, such as that required for teleradiology.
What educational qualifications do I need to practice as a Diagnostic Radiographer in Singapore?
In Singapore, a minimum diploma qualification from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) is required for practice as a diagnostic radiographer. Nanyang Polytechnic offers a 3-year Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography course. Degree-conversion programmes in overseas universities are available for NYP graduates wishing to upgrade their Diploma. A degree in Diagnostic Radiography can also be pursued at overseas universities.
Where can I get more information about the Diagnostic Radiography profession?
The Singapore Society of Radiographers (SSR) is the local professional association for diagnostic radiographers and radiation therapists. If you wish to find out more about diagnostic radiography in Singapore, please visit SSR.
The allied health practitioner may not be able to conduct the full range of services/activities listed above, as his/her scope of practice depends on the level of training, experience and competence attained. The onus is on the employer and the practitioner to ensure that all services/activities are conducted within the scope of competence of the respective practitioner.