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|A lot of people don't know what a radiographer does.
It's nothing to do with radar and everything to do with investigating why people are ill or treating cancer.
Radiographers are at the heart of modern medicine.
What does a diagnostic radiographer do?
What does a therapeutic radiographer do?
|If you have an accident and go to hospital, the chances are that you will see a diagnostic radiographer. They produce images that are used to diagnose injury or disease.
X-ray looks through tissue to examine bones, cavities and foreign objects
Fluoroscopy images the digestive system providing a live motion x-ray
CT (computed tomography) creates a 3-D image which can be split into individual slices
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) builds a 2-D or 3-D map of different tissue types within the body
Ultrasound well known for its use in obstetrics and gynaecology. Also used to check circulation and examine the heart
Angiography used to investigate blood vessels
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|Some cancers are best treated with drugs,some with surgery and others respond well to precisely targeted doses of radiation. Frequently, a combination of methods are used to complement each other. A radiographer may use radiation to shrink a tumour to allow a surgeon to remove it.
A key member of a dedicated oncology team, the therapeutic radiographer uses radiation in highly controlled conditions.
The radiographer is usually involved in every aspect of the treatment, including pre-treatment preparation, planning, the delivery of the radiation, and the follow-up stages.
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