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Advances in technology mean that clear images can now be taken of the insides of patients’ bodies without resorting to invasive procedures. More informed diagnoses of diseases and injuries can be formed and the most effective medications prescribed.
Hospitals will all have imaging departments where radiographers work using a range of equipment and techniques, including:
Radiographers also work in other hospital departments, such as operating theatres assisting surgeons and physicians, or in emergency rooms conducting examinations on patients. Their role involves making sure patients are comfortable and well informed on all procedures.
It is also extremely important that radiographers adhere to strict health and safety regulations when using potentially harmful ionising radiation equipment.
They are often responsible for ensuring that the equipment they are trained to use is maintained to standards which keep them safe and working effectively.
Radiographers need to keep up-to-date with the quickly-evolving technological advances in the fields in which they specialise.
Around 90% of radiographers in the UK work for the NHS.