Wednesday, 24th April 2019


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:

  • X-rays - to see bones through tissue
  • Fluoroscopes - to see the organs, particularly the digestive tract
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - scanners to build 3D images of various parts of the body
  • Ultrasound - more commonly used on pregnant women to check the development of unborn babies and foetuses, but can also be used to monitor the heart and other organs
  • Angiography - makes blood vessels visible under x-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) creates cross-section and 3D images of various parts of the anatomy

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.