A day as a diagnostic 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.

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Ricardo Khine

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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