Diagnostic radiographers

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

Diagnostic Radiographers are recognised as key allied health professionals . Radiographers are crucial at every stage of the pathway, including involvement with early diagnostics , streamlined staging , individualised treatment regimes and follow up . Their role is to provide vital treatment- timed diagnostic services to ensure patient pathways are efficient and effective. Diagnostic radiographers have always been at the centre of evolving technologies in equipment and clinical practice. 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 imaging and  radiotherapy planning.

Our  latest scanners offer significant improvements in imaging alongside enhancing tumour biology evaluation. This enhancement  is vital to clinical and research work , looking into treatment response to offer personalised treatment using for example  whole body diffusion weighted MRI.

The Royal Marsden Diagnostic Radiology Department employes Diagnostic Radiographers from Band 6 upwards who have post graduate experience and an interest in oncology imaging. The Royal Marsden recognises and supports the development of advanced skills in all modalities ie: reporting chest radiographers, advanced specialist breast and ultrasound skills and  consultant breast radiographers .These radiographers are successfully expanding into these roles which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, passion and flexibility of this staff group. Radiographers will benefit from collaborative working and sharing of knowledge across the professions of radiology, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine to help with the increase in demand for imaging and streamlining patient pathways .

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