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Diagnostic radiographers play a key role in large medical teams, helping the NHS to provide a healthcare service that meets our patients’ needs.

Using the latest imaging technology, diagnostic radiographers take high-quality images of the inside of the body using different imaging techniques, such as:

  • x-rays
  • ultrasound
  • fluoroscopy
  • CT (computed tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • nuclear medicine
  • angiography
  • mammography

These images are used to diagnose and monitor illnesses or injuries, so patients receive the correct treatment.

What you’ll do

Tasks include:

  • assessing patients’ illnesses or injuries
  • carrying out radiographic examinations
  • producing high-quality images
  • evaluating radiographic images
  • checking equipment regularly so it can be used safely and accurately
  • assisting doctors or surgeons with complex radiological examinations
  • supervising and training radiography assistants and students
  • adhering to UK radiation legislation
  • adhering health and safety legislation

Top skills

You’ll need these skills:

  • caring
  • decision-making
  • organisation
  • communication
  • team working
  • critical thinking