Leanne: Therapeutic Radiographer and Trainee Mammographer

Leanne Rowan started her radiography degree in 2009 at University Campus Suffolk.

She decided to become a therapeutic radiographer because she loved the combination of patient care with the technical side of radiography. She also loves the fast moving developments of the profession.

Leanne says she thoroughly enjoyed her degree because the combination of clinical placement and academic study allowed her to learn the technical aspects alongside developing patient skills.

Once Leanne qualified, she completed a ’preceptorship’ programme at The Royal Surrey County Hospital where she spent two years. She developed new skills working in different areas of radiography with various healthcare professionals.

Her next step was to take on a role in a new department opening in Basingstoke. She became the radiation protection supervisor for the department and attended courses and developed recording systems and risk assessments.

Leanne was also the department’s learning representative and went on a course to understand continuing professional development and to pass information on to her colleagues.

She found she had a great interest in the pathway that patients take during and how a multi profession team works to detect breast cancer and to treat it.

Leanne became more interested in mammography – breast screening – and she is fascinated with how imaging can play such a crucial role in the detection and fight against breast cancer. She is now a trainee mammographer at the Jarvis Centre.

“I am thoroughly looking forward to learning new skills and studying this facet of radiography,” Leanne says.

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