Could I be a radiographer

Caring for patients is at the heart of what radiographers do. Radiographers must be able to work and communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds. They must be compassionate and have empathy.

When you study to become a radiographer, you will develop your people skills in order to provide excellent patient care. You'll also learn a lot about anatomy, technology, disease and injuries. An interest in the sciences is essential.

There are two types of radiographer

          1. Diagnostic radiographers – they diagnose illnesses and injuries;

          2. Therapeutic (or therapy) radiographers – they treat and care for people with cancer.

Radiography is a strictly regulated profession and all radiographers in the UK must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. This means they are required to meet certain standards in order to practice lawfully, safely and effectively.

Radiographers must also meet the standards of the Society of Radiographers' Code of Professional Conduct. The Code sets out the values and expectations required of radiographers. These values are respect, empowerment, empathy, trustworthiness, integrity and justice.

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