Diagnostic radiographers

Diagnostic radiographers produce and process images of body structures to support the diagnosis of disease and skeletal and soft tissue abnormalities as a result of trauma or disease. Images are also produced to support and guide direct interventional treatments, procedures and therapies.

Radiographers use a variety of imaging techniques, including:

  • x-ray

  • computed tomography (CT)

  • magnetic resonance (MR)

  • ultrasound.

Radiographers work directly with patients, supporting them before, during and after the imaging process. Patient safety, and especially radiation safety, are key responsibilities for radiographers. They also work closely with the doctors who request examinations and the radiologists who report on them. 

As a radiographer, you’ll have the opportunity to progress to advanced practice, performing specific roles usually undertaken by doctors such as reporting on images, performing and reporting on diagnostic and interventional procedures, or taking on a research role. You could also go into management in or beyond radiology, or pursue a career in radiography education in hospital or as a university lecturer.

Find out more about being a diagnostic radiographer on the Health Careers website

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