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Diagnostic radiographer

A day as a radiographer

You work as a diagnostic radiographer at your local NHS hospital, using a variety of different methods to take pictures, or images of the insides of peoples' bodies. Your day begins with an x-ray of a child's leg, where you identify a small fracture. You inform the relevant healthcare professionals of your findings so the patient can be treated. Throughout the day, you carry out various other imaging of patients - never knowing quite who or what you'll come across next. You enjoy working closely with a large medical team, and playing a vital role in the diagnosis of injuries and diseases of patients. Work is always interesting and varied, with great opportunities to develop your career in the future.

Does this sound like you?

You'd like to work in a medical environment, and are interested in digital imaging and technology. You can put people at ease, and enjoy working in a team.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need a minimum of five GCSEs (or the equivalent), preferably including a good grade in science. You'll be applying for two - maybe even three - A levels, including a science subject.

What's next after A level and beyond?

After obtaining at least two good A level grades, you'll need to apply for a degree in diagnostic radiography, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Check which universities offer this approved degree course, and their specific A level (or equivalent) entry requirements, as there are many differences between courses

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