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My job explained: Diagnostic radiographer

My job explained: Diagnostic radiographerEmma is a diagnostic radiographer working in a large general hospital.

My job is extremely varied and I really enjoy this. I wasn't interested in anything nine to five.

What is the work of a diagnostic radiographer like?

In this department, we see patients with an enormous range of different injuries and conditions. For example, we do a lot of accident and emergency work, often the result of road accidents, and a lot of sports injuries: rugby and riding are very popular in this area. Then there are the elderly people with hip fractures. We also see people from outpatient clinics, including those who are having investigations for digestive problems and urinary tract problems.

Why did you choose diagnostic radiography?

I chose to work in diagnostics because, although I wanted to work with people, I am very interested in the technical side of radiography. Also, I think I would have found the long-term involvement with patients and the support element of therapeutic work quite demanding. In diagnostics, different people are coming in and out all the time, and I find this easier. It depends on what kind of person you are.

What do like most about your job?

What I like most about my job is the independence it gives you, particularly when you are working at night. You are in charge, setting your own pace and making your own decisions, for example about how to prioritise your patients. I love it.

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(Information taken from NHS Careers)