Are you seeking a new role in Radiography?
Here at Education after 12th, we are always keen to learn about different medical techniques, and the careers available to individuals with the necessary skills. Today it’s the turn of radiography. This involves passing X-rays through the body in order to build up an image of internal structures. The x-rays pass through the object and are captured by a detector behind to give a 2-D image which then builds an image of the object’s density and structure. In CT scans (computational topography) the x-ray source and its detectors rotate around the subject in order to build a 3-D image. Radiography can be used to diagnose conditions such as fractured bones and treat diseases such as cancer.
Could you be a radiographer?
Radiographers must be good communicators in order to handle a wide range of patients sensitively and they also need strong analytical skills. Further information on the role may be found here.
What skills do you need?
To be a radiographer, you need 5 GCSEs grades A-C or 5-9 including English, maths and a science subject, 3 A levels, and a degree in diagnostic or therapeutic radiography which is approved by the Health and Care Professionals Council. Instead of A levels, some universities accept a relevant vocational course such as a level 3 BTEC National Diploma in science. More information about the role of the HCPC may be found on their website.
Once qualified, there are a huge range of career opportunities available to you. Radiographers can work in the fields of x-ray, CT/MRI, nuclear medicine, mammography, ultrasound and radiotherapy.
How to land your dream job as a radiographer
If you are looking for sonographer jobs, A specialist recruitment agency such as maxxima can help you find your perfect role. As a market leader in providing high-quality, flexible staffing solutions, they have hundreds of temporary and permanent roles across the radiography sector. Their service includes everything from support with interview strategies and securing you competitive pay rates to assistance with relocation, compliance and registration with the HCPC. Support is provided for the long-term- keeping you in touch with other roles after you’ve landed your first job in order to help your career grow.
Current opportunities include for a Band 7, Sonographer at a vibrant hospital in Hertfordshire, England with good transport links. This is suitable for an expert in ultrasound practices.
If you would prefer to work in a more rural setting, a position for a CT radiographer with expert understanding and a relevant qualification is available in Somerset. The CT radiographer is expected to produce accurate CT scans to an optimum diagnostic quality. Clear communication with the radiography team members and liaise with other disciplinary teams is an important element of the role as is keeping accurate records, updating them when necessary.
Whether you work in the field of radiography or not, I am sure you will agree that it is a valuable and important skill in the diagnosis and treatment of ill-health.