Radiographer - Diagnostic

Last updated: 31 August 2023

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Radiographer - Diagnostic


Radiography is one of the most innovative aspects of healthcare – you’ll use advanced technology to look inside patients’ bodies and understand the root causes of their illness, and consult with colleagues on diagnosis and treatment plans.


A day in the life

As a diagnostic radiographer, you’ll:

  • use cutting-edge technology to take images of the inside of patients'
  • these images help to understand and diagnose conditions
  • you’ll work with patients and colleagues to design treatment programmes and support patients until their treatment ends

From using a CT scanner to make a 3D image for a surgeon to preparing a patient for an MRI scan – you’ll be using some of the most complex and advanced technology. Diagnostic radiographers are also central to a wider multidisciplinary team, working and consulting with colleagues across various departments.



Your development

Once you’ve qualified, you’ll have annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) check-ins, where we’ll discuss your career aspirations and plan how we can help you to achieve them, so you’re always moving forward. You’ll also be encouraged to join the Society of Radiography where you can take courses, conferences and seminars.

As your career progresses, you could specialise in a particular type of imaging such as computerised tomography scanning or sonography. Or you could specialise in working with children, stroke patients or cancer patients, for example. Research or teaching are other options.

Working for the NHS, you may also find yourself heading your own radiography team, managing budgets, staff and equipment.


For more information regarding joining our team, please submit a form through the ‘Contact us’ page or contact the Recruitment team, who are more than happy to help, on 02392 2860​​​​​​​00 ext. 6577 or email 


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My story

Robin Thapa 

Senior Diagnostic Radiographer, CT/MRI Department 


What made you become a Diagnostic Radiographer? - I was looking for a profession that was practical, rewarding and evolving. I have a huge love for gadgets and advance technology. Radiography was really the ideal option. "

How did you become a Diagnostic Radiographer? - Becoming a Diagnostic Radiographer was a very rewarding lane. The three years of degree course needed a lot of dedication and hard work, but it was all worth it. "

What do you do on a day to day basis? - CT/MRI Radiographer play a pivotal role in modern healthcare. On a daily basis, we use advance imaging equipment to capture images that will be used by other medical professionals when treating patients. "

Why did you choose PHU? - " I choose to work with PHU because it is close to where I live plus the values and vision complements my aim in life. "

What do you enjoy about being a Diagnostic Radiographer? - " As a CT/MRI radiographer, the things I enjoy the most is the changes and advancement in technology. My career is always changing and advancing. Every day is a learning day."

Career plans and advice for others - " If you want to work in a practical and evolving environment that makes a difference in people's lives. Then come and join the ride it's very rewarding. "