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There are two sorts of radiographer; diagnostic and therapeutic.
Diagnostic radiographers use advanced technology to produce images that are used to diagnose injury or disease and therapeutic radiographers are part of an oncology team that treats patients who have cancer. Both diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers provide essential services every year to millions of people. Without detailed images of what is happening inside the body, treatments would not be as effective.
To qualify as a radiographer you need a BSc degree in either diagnostic or therapeutic radiography. Universities set their own entry standards but generally they require at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above and at least two A levels or equivalent. You will also need knowledge of, and an interest in, the sciences such as biology, anatomy and physiology.
The confidence (after appropriate training) to work with leading-edge technology.
Excellent attention to detail.
The ability to learn new skills and adapt – radiography is constantly changing.
To make decisions quickly and independently.
Radiography students pay no tuition fees and may qualify for an NHS bursury.
A newly qualified radiographer working in the NHS earns a minimum of £18,240 and salaries for the top managers and consultant radiographers in the NHS are in excess of £40,000.