Career outlook for radiographer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would use different kinds of radiation to help diagnose or treat people who are ill or injured.
You would use highly technical, computerised equipment. There are two types of radiography – diagnostic and therapeutic.
As a diagnostic radiographer, you would:
- Produce and interpret high quality images of the body to identify and diagnose injury and disease.
- Screen people for abnormalities
- Take part in surgical procedures, such as biopsies (examining tissues to find the cause of disease)
As a therapeutic radiographer, you would:
- Plan and deliver treatment using x-rays and other radioactive sources
- Work closely with medical specialists to plan and treat malignant tumours or tissue defects
- Assess and monitor patients throughout treatment and follow up
Your patients might be very anxious and upset so you’d need to be sensitive and gentle with them.
In both areas you would work as part of a team with radiologists, clinical oncologists, physicists, radiology nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Your patients could be very ill; you’d need to have emotional strength. It would also be important to keep up to date with new techniques and treatments.
You can see more about the role of the Diagnostic radiographer and the Therapeutic radiographer on the NHSScotland Careers website. See the Learning and development sections for information about career structure, progression and rates of pay.
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