Radiographers take scans of patients to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries.

Day-to-day tasks

As a diagnostic radiographer, you could:

  • interpret images of the body to diagnose injury and disease
  • screen for abnormalities
  • take part in surgical procedures like biopsies

As a therapeutic radiographer, you could:

  • work closely with medical specialists to plan treatments
  • use x-rays and other radioactive treatments
  • assess and monitor patients through treatment and follow-up appointments

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and medical procedures
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of biology
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • active listening skills
  • concentration skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Industry Qualifications

You'll need to do a degree or postgraduate qualification approved by the Health and Care Professions Council to become a radiographer.

Your choice of degree course will depend on whether you want to work in diagnostic or therapeutic radiography.

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