The Key Qualities of Successful Radiographers

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Published: 10 Oct 2017      

As with all medical jobs, radiography is a demanding profession. You will have to deal with the stress that comes along with working in the medical profession, in addition to demonstrating your expertise in your field on a regular basis.

Our point is that it isn’t for everyone. As a result, you need to know what you’re letting yourself in for if you’re considering becoming a radiographer. Most successful radiographers also share several personality traits, some of which we’re going to look at in this article.


Radiographers deal with people on a daily basis, which means they must be capable of forming relationships quickly. This is especially the case when working with clients that you will see repeatedly over the span of a few months.

This means that radiographers need to be friendly and trustworthy. It all comes down to bedside manner. If the patients that you work with don’t trust you as a person, they may be very wary of any treatments or recommendations that you make for them.


There are few things that will make a patient more nervous than a medical professional who doesn’t appear to be confident in what he or she is doing. As a radiographer, you need to maintain control over every appointment that you take part in, thus showing your patients that you can be relied upon.

The key with confidence is that you shouldn’t allow it to bleed over into arrogance. Yes, you should be good at your job, and confident in your abilities to do the job. However, bragging about your abilities may sour your relationships with your fellow professionals, as well as leaving a bad taste in the mouths of your patients.


The medical profession evolves on a constant basis. New technology becomes available, and fellow radiographers conduct research all of the time.

This means that you need to be adaptable to succeed in the profession. Instead of trying to stick to your current methods, you should always be on the lookout for technology and ideas that could make you more effective in your role. Furthermore, your hospital may introduce new technology to you, which means you have to adapt.


Many people don’t really think about stamina as being relevant to radiographers, but it’s actually very important.

You’ll be working long hours, as most medical professionals do, plus radiographers spend a lot of their working days on their feet. Furthermore, you’ll often have to work with patients to get them into the right positions for your machines. This can involve some lifting, and other physical work that requires you to have a great deal of stamina.


As a radiographer, it is not always going to be your job to tell the patient what the results of your scans show. This task usually falls to a radiologist, or the patient’s physician.

As a result, you may have to show calmness under pressure on a number of occasions. If a patient tries to pressure you into giving them information that you shouldn’t be handing out, you need to keep a level head and avoid succumbing to emotion.


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