As a radiographer with National Healthcare Group Diagnostics, Kai Qi's main role is to take X-rays for patients who visit the polyclinic. “X-ray services remain essential even during the COVID-19 pandemic because patients who have had a fall or are experiencing pain or discomfort require X-rays to help diagnose their condition,” she said.
Kai Qi, a recipient of the Healthcare Merit Award, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Radiography from the Singapore Institute of Technology.
“I became interested in the field of allied health after I was introduced to it by my polytechnic lecturer. My exposure to diagnostic tools such as X-rays and ultrasound in a prior polytechnic course made me
realise that diagnostic radiography is an essential part of healthcare and is crucial in the diagnosis of a patient's condition,” she recalled.
Kai Qi shared that her most memorable moment as a radiographer was when an elderly patient came for a lumbosacral spine X-ray by himself. “Although he was in a lot of pain, he constantly thanked us and expressed his gratitude. Before he left, he even teared a little and held on to our hands,
emphasising that he was very appreciative of our kindness and service. It made me
realise that despite the short interaction we may have with patients, we can still make a difference in their experience and recovery.”
For those who want to follow her career footsteps, she advises, “The journey to be an allied health professional can be tough, tiring and may seem unrewarding at times. However, keep striving and the effort will be worth it in the end!”.
This article was first published in BrightSparks Magazine February 2021. Republished with permission from CareerBuilder Singapore.