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A radiology or medical imaging nurse is a registered or enrolled nurse who provides care to patients attending the radiology department of a hospital or a private radiology practice. Radiology nurses care for patients undergoing diagnostic or therapeutic radiology imaging and treatments. They are an integral part of the multidisciplinary care team and, while employed mainly in public hospitals, work increasingly in private healthcare facilities.
Radiology imaging investigations and minimally invasive treatments are central to modern healthcare services. Radiology nurses provide patient care during radiological investigations or procedures by using their skills to identify and meet a patient’s individual needs. They are experts in communicating with all members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure the best possible safety and care of patients.
Depending on the medical facility and types of procedures offered, the duties of a radiology nurse include:
Radiology nurses must have a working knowledge of radiation safety, as well as all aspects of occupational health and safety and infection control.
Medical imaging is an evolving, rapidly expanding specialty presenting a variety of challenges. The unique and varied nature of the specialty means there is always something new and interesting to learn. Within radiology, subspecialties are continuing to grow in the fields of interventional neuroradiology and oncology. The changing face of interventional radiology using minimally invasive techniques has enabled the treatment and cure of many diseases that once required the patient to undergo extensive surgical operations.
Due to the diversity of patients in hospital settings, radiology nurses have the ability to care for a wide range of patients of all ages, including emergency patients and those who have had surgical or medical treatments.
Nurses employed in medical imaging are at the cutting edge of clinical technology. A diverse range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are carried out that radiology nurses may be required to perform, such as peripheral intravenous cannulation and image guided insertion of central venous access devices. They assist radiologists and other specialists who use imaging to carry out a large variety of other procedures including:
To become a radiology nurse, you will need to have completed your nursing degree and be able to nurse the diverse range of patients that receive radiology tests and procedures.
Imaging-specific skills will be gained whilst working in the radiology department, and many departments run comprehensive orientation programs.
Specific courses for Radiology/Medical Imaging nursing are conducted at the College of Nursing (CON) in Burwood NSW, available URL:
Undergraduate nursing training is at most universities in each state throughout Australia. A useful website to obtain the full list of Australian universities is:
Skills, knowledge and practical aspects of many procedures in radiology are fundamental to most other nursing specialties and are applicable to nursing care delivered in the following settings:
Radiology nurses are encouraged to be involved in research studies depending on where they are employed.