Diagnostic radiographers are an allied health professional (AHP) who are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).
Radiographers have undergone degree level training and are able to perform various types of imaging known as modalities. The modalities that Diagnostic Radiographers work in include X-ray, Fluoroscopy, Computerised Tomography (CT), Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine (NM), PET CT, Angiography, Ultrasound and dental. The Society and College of Radiographers is the professional body who support and guide the profession.
What does a diagnostic radiographer do?
Diagnostic radiographers are responsible for the production and processing of images of body structures to support the diagnosis of systemic disease, skeletal and soft tissue abnormalities as a result of trauma or disease. Images are also produced to support and guide direct interventional treatments, procedures and therapies.
Specialist Oncology Diagnostic Radiographers
Within the Royal Marsden oncological environment Diagnostic Radiographers work to provide vital treatment timed diagnostic services to ensure patient pathways are efficient and effective. This includes diagnosis, staging and follow up throughout the patient pathway ensuring individualized treatment regimes. Specialist techniques are employed in each modality including contrast enhanced spectral mammography, tomosynthesis mammography, interventional radiology services, CT angiography, diffusion (DWi) , whole body scanning in MRI and cross sectional Radiotherapy planning.
The Royal Marsden Diagnostic Radiology department employees Diagnostic Radiographers from Band 6 upwards who have post graduate experience and an interest in oncology imaging. There is a development pathway for advanced practice for Radiographers.
Routes into Diagnostic Radiology
To qualify as a Diagnostic Radiographer it is a three year BSc (Hons) degree in Diagnostic Radiographer. Please click link to see the South Bank University course options http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/diagnostic-radiography-bsc-hons