What does a Radiographer do?
Radiographers are licenced Technicians who capture images of tissue, bone and organs for patient diagnosis. Using radiation in the form of ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and x-rays, Radiographers diagnose, assess and treat patients for a range of diseases and injuries. Often part of a surgical or medical team, Radiographers are usually involved in initial patient assessment and testing, providing evidentiary and diagnostic data for Physicians.
Radiographer skills and qualifications
Radiographer needs excellent verbal and written communication skills. They need outstanding analysis skills to provide feedback to Doctors on the results of the procedures. Other skills and qualifications Radiographers need to perform their duties effectively include:
- Knowledge of medical procedures and medicine
- Outstanding thinking and reasoning skills
- Proficiency in the use of computers and the most popular software packages
- Knowledge and understanding of biology
- Ability to work independently, but also as a part of a healthcare team
- Sensitivity and understanding towards patients during procedures
- Excellent attention to detail and the ability to perform well under pressure
- Physical strength to assist with the lifting or moving of patients to ensure their positioning is correct for the specific procedure
- Analysing and reporting x-ray results to Doctors
- Monitoring all radiographic supplies and submitting purchase requests to maintain proper supply levels
Radiographer experience requirements
Entry-level Radiographers will need an appropriate qualification in radiology. The seniority of the position will determine the experience required. More senior positions may require at least two years of experience in a clinical care setting. Radiographers need to pass background checks (including criminal background checks) as they work with vulnerable individuals and children.
Radiographer education and training requirements
Radiographers need to complete a degree in either diagnostic or therapeutic radiology, together with a relevant apprenticeship, before registering with the Health and Care Professional Council. Most Radiographer positions require at least a master’s degree in radiology. Radiography Assistants who have worked their way up to an Assistant Radiographer Practitioner position could complete a part-time degree to become a Radiographer.
Radiographer salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Radiographer in the UK is £33,466 per year. The salary level for a Radiographer depends on the hospital or healthcare facility, its location and the years of experience required.
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