Radiographer | Selby College
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Radiographers use equipment to diagnose or treat patients who are ill or injured.

Potential salary

£24,907 to £44,503

Employment by 2024


Working hours

35 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of medicine and medical procedures
  • knowledge of biology
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of English language
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • concentration skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As a diagnostic radiographer, your could:

  • produce and interpret high quality images of the body to identify and diagnose injury and disease
  • screen for abnormalities
  • take part in surgical procedures like biopsies (examining tissues to find the cause of disease)

As a therapeutic radiographer, you could:

  • plan and give treatment using x-rays and other radioactive sources
  • work closely with medical specialists to plan treatment of malignant tumours or tissue defects
  • assess and monitor patients through treatment and follow-up

You may need to wear protective clothing and a uniform.

You could work in an NHS or private hospital or at a hospice.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

With experience, you could become a sonography specialist, radiography team leader or consultant practitioner.

You could also take further qualifications to specialise in:counselling and palliative care; the use of certain techniques or equipment; working with specific groups of patients; research and teaching

You can find out more about a career in radiography from Health Careers and the The Society of Radiographers.

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