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Medical Radiographers

Medical (diagnostic) radiographers operate x-ray machines, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and other imaging devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, assist in the diagnosis of injuries and diseases and are involved in intervention procedures such as the removal of kidney stones. They operate under the supervision of senior staff. Therapeutic radiographers specialise in the planning and administration of radiotherapy treatment for patients with cancer.


  • Uses a range of imaging devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
  • Assesses patients and interprets clinical requirements to determine appropriate radiographic treatments
  • Verifies identity of patient and ensures that necessary preparations have been made for the examination/treatment
  • Decides length and intensity of exposure or strength of dosage of isotope
  • Positions patient and operates x-ray, scanning or fluoroscopic equipment
  • Maintains records of all radiographic/therapeutic work undertaken
  • Plans course of treatment with clinical oncologists and physicists
  • Calculates radiation dosage and maps volume to be treated
  • Explains treatment to patient and management of any side effects
  • Carries out post-treatment reviews and follow-ups.

Entry Requirements

Entrants for medical radiography possess a degree in radiography recognised by the Health Professions Council (HPC). Those with a relevant first degree may qualify by completing a pre-registration postgraduate diploma or a Masters qualification. Post-qualifying courses are available for specialist areas.

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Coronavirus update

Southwark College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students, it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

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