At thirty seven years (37) old, Radiography is one of the Tshwane University of Technology’s oldest learning programmes and has been an industry leader in the training of diagnostic radiographers for the South African market, since its first intake of twelve (12) students in 1984. It was in this year that industry and other stakeholders expressed the need for more diagnostic radiographers to address the critical shortage in both provincial- and private facilities.
As there were not a lot of clinical training facilities available in the greater Tshwane district to conduct clinical training, a deal was struck with private radiological practices in Pretoria, whereby students could gain clinical hours (as required by the HPCSA), whilst completing their studies. With this agreement in place, the first students enrolled for the Diagnostic Radiography learning programme which formed part of the Department of Paramedical Sciences, in the School of Health Sciences, under the leadership of Mr Stoney Steenkamp and Prof Juan Pieterse.
Thanks to a R2.5 Million educational sponsorship (grant) from GE Healthcare, a division of GE South Africa, the Radiography Division of the Faculty of Science will soon boast state-of-the-art Revolution ACT CT Scan (8SL) equipment, using the latest cutting edge technology that combines data from several X-rays to produce a detailed image of internal structures, within the human body.
The computerised tomography (CT) equipment will be installed in the Radiography Clinical Skills Centre and will be used to aid the advancement of clinical capabilities for the radiography students.
After a recent visit by delegates from GE Healthcare to the Radiography Clinical Skills Centre (TUT Arcadia campus), GE Healthcare indicated a willingness to assist the Radiography programme, in alignment with GE Healthcare’s policy for the provision of an educational sponsorship. Having direct access to CT training on campus, provides radiography students an enormous advantage! CT modality training can now be conducted on-site, at any time that suits the academic calendar. A fully equipped Radiography Skills Centre also assists and supports the learning programme to negate the strict COVID protocols at the various HPCSA approved clinical facilities, where students are currently allocated as student-radiographers.