Written by Afshaad Namirani – Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography) (Honours)


Q:
What kinds of assessments and course subjects do you have each semester? Do you typically write essays, have exams, do presentations, reports, or other forms of assessment?  

A:
Diagnostic Radiography (as well as other MRS disciplines) has a wide range of assessments. We often have quizzes, in class tests, presentations and labs.  

In addition, we also have what is known as OSCE’s (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) which is common in other health disciplines as well. It involves re-enacting a clinical scenario and demonstrating our skills that we would have learned through our lectures and labs.  

Finally, we have our clinical placements which normally make up about 50% of our final mark. This is probably the most enjoyable assessment as you get to do hands on work in the real world, helping real patients. 

Q:
What kind of software is used in the subject area/industry? What kind of technology will you be using in the industry?  

Besides using basic Microsoft Office Suite for SharePoint, Teams, and emails we use a wide variety of other software’s as well. This really depends on the type of machine, hospital, and department.  

The most common ones are: 

GE Centricity 

Used for hospital workflow management and is also incredibly useful in medical imaging archiving. This is the standard for NSW Hospitals. 

SurgiNet 

SurgiNet is an all-in-one Surgery/Operating Theatre software to help the entire admin aspect of surgery, so everything is documented. It is used by doctors, nurses, radiology, administration, theatre technicians and anyone that has a direct or an indirect impact on the patient as part of their surgery.  

It allows us to understand which operating theatre the patient is in, their allergies, which doctors are performing the operation, whether the patient has been anaesthetised yet, what medication was administered, who was in the operating room and so much more.  

RIS-PACS 

This stands for Radiology Information Systems and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems. It’s a giant software that allows Radiology to view medical images which can be sometimes merged and incorporated with other software’s such as GE Centricity. This software is designed to limit editing to images to protect their originality as they are medico-legal documents. 

Q:
What kind of workplaces exist for graduates? Are there any soft skills you might need?  

A:
This degree allows us to work in a variety of modalities straight out of graduation – including General X-Ray, CT, Angiography, Fluoroscopy, Mammography and Theatre work. Further studies can be done by obtaining a Masters in MRI or a Master in Ultrasound as these are much more advanced modalities that take a considerable amount of time to learn due to the anatomy and physics involved.  

Other pathways include going into clinical education, academia, research, health management, health IT (PACS) and even sales (working with Toshiba, Phillips, Siemens, GE, Shimadzhu and Cannon). 

Soft Skills Hard Skills 
Communication Time Management AHPRA And MRPB Guidelines Follow Department Protocols 
Patient Confidentiality Prioritisation Understanding Radiation Effects PACS Software 
Teamwork Understanding Workflow Administrative Skills Troubleshooting Tech Issues 
Active Listening Problem-Solving Skills Using Personal Judgment Achieving ALARA Principle 
Empathy and Compassion Multi-Tasking  



Q:
Tell us about some of the LinkedIn Learning Videos, or Learning Pathways you have found useful for your area of study  

  1. Understanding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

I mean there’s a lot we can learn from this topic even if we are not working anywhere in health! But this is a must do especially if you work in any clinical environment. Disease prevention is key to maintaining a safe and healthy community. 

  1. Communicating with Empathy 

This course doesn’t necessarily examine the patient to staff interaction but rather overall communication and how to express empathy. This course offers a broader sense of knowledge but can easily be adapted into the practice of any health professional. It also useful for everyday encounters when not working. 

  1. How to Support Your Employees’ Wellbeing

This is an important course – as health professionals you can be quite overwhelmed with the amount of work and patients that come in through your clinic of practice. It can put an emotional toll on you and burnout is a legitimate thing!  It’s also just as important to look out for others wellbeing if you are not personally feeling emotional burnout. This course also helps to understand body language, which is an important non-verbal tool to understand patients and colleagues better.  

Q: How do you integrate LinkedIn Learning into your existing studies? 

I use LinkedIn Learning during placement as there is no homework during this time. Rather than reading about these topics it is a lot easier to watch these videos instead! This can then be followed by a Netflix binge after.  

About the author:
Afshaad Namirani is a current 4th Year student at the University of Newcastle. He studies a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)

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