As a teenager, Aurelia Tay knew that she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. But she didn’t want to venture into medicine or nursing and thus decided on radiography, which is the art and science of using radiation to provide images of the tissues, organs, bones, and vessels that comprise the human body.
“I chose to work and study for my Honours Degree concurrently, which was not the typical education path back then because radiography university courses were not available in our local universities. However, it is now a lot more straightforward to be a radiographer as the Singapore Institute of Technology offers a four-year diagnostic radiography programme,” she says.
The 31-year-old has been a radiographer for the past nine years and currently holds the role of Centre Manager at DexaFit Asia, where she not only performs screenings and composition scans, but also coordinates day-to-day operations. She discusses the common misconceptions of her job and the joy her profession has brought her.