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From Imaging to Impact: Enticing Careers for Healthy Heart Advocates

We all know February is the home of the heartiest day of the year – Valentine’s Day ♥️- but did you also know it’s Heart Health Month?

Our pals at I-MED Radiology spent the month celebrating all things heart health with their teams.

But how does radiology fit into looking after one of our most important organs?

Let’s find out!

Why Should We Care About Heart Health?

Coronary heart disease is largely preventable due to modifiable risk factors but is still the leading single cause of disease and death in Australia.

Radiology plays a crucial role in heart healthcare by aiding in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating various heart conditions.

How Do Radiologists Examine the Heart?

Radiologists rely on medical imaging technologists and sonographers to conduct the scans they later analyse and report on.

These highly trained professionals perform imaging procedures such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and echocardiography. These capture detailed images of the heart and surrounding structures. Radiologists may also use contrast agents to enhance the visibility of blood vessels and other cardiac structures during imaging procedures.

Radiologists then interpret these images to assess the heart’s condition, function, and potential abnormalities or diseases.

Collaboration between radiologists, medical imaging technologists and sonographers is essential for accurate diagnosis and patient care.

Radiology Career Paths: What Should You Study?

For high school students considering a career as a radiologist, the journey begins with completing a bachelor’s degree in medicine at an Australian university.

Next, you’ll undertake an internship and general medicine or surgery residency.

Once registered as a doctor, you’ll undertake specialised training in radiology. Specialist training typically spans five years and is accredited by RANZCR. This training leads to a final exam – you’re officially a radiologist once you pass!

If that all sounds a bit daunting, don’t worry! There are other, shorter paths to exciting and innovative roles in the industry.

If you’re interested in medical imaging, becoming a radiographer, sonographer, or nuclear medicine technologist is an excellent option.

This pathway involves obtaining a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging from any Australian university, which usually takes four years full-time.

And if you’re keen to get started, you can also explore entry-level roles with I-MED that don’t require a degree!

Don’t Skip a Beat: Explore Medical Imaging Careers Today!

I-MED recognises the importance of entry-level roles as a stepping stone to an impactful healthcare career.

Their medical receptionist and imaging assistant positions offer more than just jobs; they provide practical experience, skill development, and an opportunity to contribute to patient care.

With plenty of opportunities across Australia, I-MED is your ideal platform to launch your healthcare journey.

Explore and apply for an opportunity near you today!

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