How long have you been in your role?
I recently graduated and have been working as a radiographer for the past six months.
Summarise your job scope in 1-2 sentences.
Radiographers are responsible for operating medical imaging equipment, such as X-ray, CT, MRI, and ultrasound machines, to capture high-quality images of the human body. These diagnostic images are subsequently analysed by radiologists and clinicians to assist in diagnosing, treating, and managing the patient's medical condition.
What drove you to join healthcare?
I've always had a strong desire to be in healthcare. I'm someone who does well in a fast-changing environment, so the dynamic and fast-paced nature of healthcare drew me in.
What is one thing that spurs you on at work?
A significant source of motivation at work is the awareness that my actions have a direct impact on a patient's medical diagnosis.
What is one thing about your job, that you feel is unknown or misunderstood?
Radiography is a specialised field often misunderstood by the public. Some mistakenly assume it involves simple button-pushing. In reality, there is a tremendous amount of work to be done before we press those magic buttons.
Besides being well-versed in human anatomy, radiographers must be equipped with the skills and experience in positioning the patient to obtain a diagnostic quality image which represents their condition. At times, this can be very challenging, especially for patients who are in pain.
Radiologists rely on the expertise of radiographers to conduct exams that yield the clearest images.
Can you share with us one or two memorable moments from your time in WH or healthcare?
During a procedure, I encountered a non-ambulant patient who used personal mobility aids (PMA). To conduct the scan, we needed to transfer her from her PMA to the examination bed in the procedure room. She requested a private room for this transfer, which left a lasting impression on me.
It made me realise that being a radiographer isn't just about technical skills and image quality; it's equally important to attend to a patient's emotional needs and respect their dignity.
What do you love about your job?
I love the chance to interact with a wide range of individuals and professionals from various backgrounds in my job. The diversity in radiography and the opportunity to collaborate with healthcare experts from different fields make my work truly fulfilling.
What is your favourite quote and personal mantra?
I believe I can so I will.