X-ray visions

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.

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