Radiographers use the latest technology to look inside the body in different ways.
They use a range of imaging technology and techniques to work out what disease or condition is causing a patient’s illness, including:
- x-ray to look through tissues to examine bones, cavities and foreign objects
- fluoroscopy to see a real time image of the digestive system
- CT (computed tomography) which provides views of cross-sections of the body
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to build a 2D or 3D map of the different tissue types within the body
- ultrasound to check circulation and examine the heart as well as in antenatal work
- angiography to investigate blood vessels
In the NHS, they work in the radiology and imaging departments of hospitals to capture, interpret images and report your findings. They provide a service for most departments within the hospital including the emergency department, outpatients, operating theatres and wards.