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Professional Button Pushers

Professional Button Pushers

By Tarni Nelson
Medical Radiation Practitioners are an integral part of any patients healthcare journey, but what exactly are they? What do they do? What is a day in the life of one like?

Starting a degree in Medical Radiation Science can all seem a bit alien; on my first day as an undergraduate, I had no clue what I was in for.

Fast forward 13 years, and I LOVE being a radiographer.

So I'm taking it back to basics to provide you with an insight into the variety of what a future within the Medical Radiation Sciences can look like.

Welcome to the family of over-qualified professional button pushers.
The World of Hospital Radiography
You signed up for a four year degree in the Medical Radiation Sciences. But what have you signed up for?  Have you ever had an X-Ray and just thought the radiographer seemed like a legend with a cool healthcare gig, and that is something you could see yourself doing long term? Do you really understand what the job description entails? The Medical Radiation Sciences are an amazing career path, so let me audibly give you some insight into the world of radiography. Working in a hospital setting can be completely different to working in a private practice. Radiographers work in both, however their day to day work life and case presentations can vary so much.  Special Thanks in this episode to: K. Smith ( CT Senior Radiographer) K. Rayment (Audio Tech)
March 3, 2021
Unclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine is a major strand of the Medical Radiation Science family. However, what is it? What are you getting yourselves into?  Special Thanks in this episode to: Kirk Rostron (Nuclear Medicine Tecnologist) Kevin Rayment (Audio Tech)
March 2, 2021
The Novice Practitioner
You have navigated your way through tertiary education. Where to from here? Pass your exams, submit your case studies and complete enough clinical placement to mean that you reach capabilities to graduate. However are you really ready for the last year of uni and first year out? Are you fully aware of being consciously incompetent?  This episode talks to Casey, a new graduate radiographer who managed a social life, university demands, and a job all whilst compiling a professional CV and preparing for interviews post graduation. Special Thanks in this episode to: C. Sweeney (New Grad Radiographer) K. Rayment (Audio Tech)
January 25, 2021
A day in the life of a Radiation Therapist
We are a family of Medical Radiation Practitioners, however what do each of our strands actually do? We are all let loose and in charge of safely using radiation, so how do our roles differ so much? Meg is a Radiation Therapist at a NSW Health Hospital and joins us from her control room to help give us some insight into her chosen Medical Radiation Science. Special Thanks in this episode to: M. Thompson (Radiation Therapist) K. Rayment (Audio Tech)
January 25, 2021
Body Bag Parade
We deal with patients in their most vulnerable state. We see the world differently to everyone else. We learn to communicate effectively and to interact professionally with our patients at all times. We utilise a myriad of paralinguistic cues as well as verbal and non verbal communication techniques however, what happens when your patient's don't answer your questions, or cannot give you a clinical history?  What is it like to image the deceased all day long?  Medical imaging is commonly used in the collection of forensic evidence around deceased people. Medical imaging autopsies are increasingly being used to determine the cause of death of patients. The deceased are bought into the medical imaging suite in a 'body bag'; sometimes it needs to be opened, sometimes it does not. In this episode we talk to a Radiographer who has worked clinically and then transitioned into the like of forensic medical imaging. Special Thanks in this episode to: R. Beh (Forensic Morgue Radiographer) K. Rayment (Audio Tech)
January 25, 2021
Wading through a Global Pandemic
Let's take a glimpse into working within and creating a safe environment for our colleagues, our patients and their families.  Imaging is essential in the initial diagnosis and monitoring of many disease processes. In January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus met the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. With imaging at the forefront of diagnosis, measure of severity and monitoring of disease, radiographers are healthcare professionals who are exposed to the front line.  During this episode, we talk to Orla, a trained MRI specialist, who talks to us from her flat in London as the UK heads into round two of lockdown during a global pandemic. Special Thanks in this episode to: O. Culligan (Band 7 Radiographer) K. Rayment (Audio Tech)
January 25, 2021
Radiation FAQ's
This brief episode features only myself as I briefly discuss some Frequently Asked Questions as you are introduced to the Radiation Sciences. References: Radiation | What is Radiation? | ANSTO. (2021). Retrieved 10 February 2021, from
January 22, 2021
Professional Button Pushers Trailer
My name is Tarni Nelson & I started this Podcast to enlighten the undergraduate student into what their career may look like upon graduation. Sometimes we sign up to the degree that sounds like it pays the most; Or has the most job prospects; Or sounds fancy. Sometimes we choose the profession based on prior experience or recommendations from others. But what do you know about the Medical Radiation Sciences, and what have you signed yourself up for? Professional Button Pushers aims to enlighten you into the Never Never Land of Medical Imaging and Therapy.
January 21, 2021