Diagnostic radiographers help diagnose illnesses or injuries by capturing images of the inside of the body using imaging technology.
You could be:
using complex equipment and techniques such as x-rays, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, angiography and mammography to get images which identify damage or disease
assessing patient to determine appropriate radiographic technique
putting dyes into a patient’s body to highlight soft parts
talking to a patient to explain what is happening and to encourage or calm them
examining the images and providing evaluations of results
checking equipment on a regular basis and reporting any faults
providing an update of images to colleagues.
Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales radiographers' salaries are on Band 5, £30,229 to £37,664 a year. With experience this can rise to Band 6, £37,831 to £46,100 a year. Advanced radiographers salaries are on Band 7, £46,244 to £53,789 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2023.
Work would be mainly in a specialist department in a hospital.
You may work with mobile equipment, in other parts of a hospital or in the community.
You may have to work evenings or weekends in Accident and Emergency.
You would wear a uniform.
For some work, you would wear clothing which protects you against radiation and you would carry equipment to measure radiation.
It can be a physically demanding job, with moving and lifting patients and equipment.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.