Diagnostic Radiographers use sophisticated equipment to take images and use them to make a diagnosis, so the correct treatment can be given to the patient.
They work in hospital radiography departments, outpatient clinics, the emergency department (A&E), wards and operating theatres. Diagnostic Radiographers play a key role in large medical teams, helping NHSScotland to provide a person-centred healthcare service. Their expert knowledge and skills are used to identify injuries and diseases, such as cancer or coronary artery disease (CAD).
As a Diagnostic Radiographer, you would use a number of different imaging techniques, such as:
- CT (computed tomography)
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
- Nuclear medicine
Some of the typical tasks you would carry out as a Diagnostic Radiographer include:
- assessing patients illnesses or injuries to determine the appropriate radiographic techniques
- carrying out radiographic examinations to produce high-quality images
- providing an evaluation of the image to support ongoing patient management
- checking equipment regularly so it can be operated safely and accurately
- assisting other healthcare practitioners, such as doctors or surgeons with complex radiological examinations
- supervising radiography assistants and students, providing education and training
- adhering to UK radiation, and health and safety legislation