Radiographers play an essential role to modern healthcare. Being involved in the early phases of diagnosis, they make it possible for patients start their track to recovery. We speak to 3+1 Health Science Scholar Azhar Samsudin about his work experience as a radiographer.
By Mabel Tan
“Did you know that it’s completely safe to stand two metres away from the X-ray machine?” Azhar Samsudin, a Radiographer at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital shares. “Many people don’t know that. When people think about X-ray, they think about harmful rays.”
In fact, according to the cheerful Azhar, we are exposed to a much higher dose of radiation while going about our daily activities than by standing in front of an X-ray machine.
“A walk under the sun is equivalent to taking ten chest X-rays. And a 4-hour plane ride is equivalent to taking a few hundred X-rays! At such a high altitude, you’ll be exposed to radiation from satellites, hand phone signals, and the environment,” the 25-year-old reveals.
If you have a passion for helping patients and possess an interest in the human anatomy, a career in radiography may be your calling. Azhar, who recently graduated with a Bachelor in Medical Radiation Imaging from the University of Newcastle, shares his experience.
Why did you pursue radiography in school?
Azhar: Actually, I didn’t choose radiography; radiography chose me. (Laughs) Post-junior college, I wanted to pursue a field of study related to my two best ‘A’ level subjects – physics and biology. In radiology, we learn about the technical aspects of the machines, such as how an X-rayed image is formed, which is related to physics. We also study the human anatomy, which is related to biology.