What Is a Radiography (Medical Imaging) Degree?
Radiographers work in medical imaging and use their skills to carry out diagnostic tests such as CT scans, x-rays and MRI scans on patients. Graduates of radiography are eligible to apply to register with the healthcare professions council and work as a qualified radiographer. Radiographers enjoy an interesting and well-paid careers, as well as a particularly high graduate employment rate.
What will I study?
Through a combination of classroom learning and clinical placements you will learn the technical skills required to undertake all aspects of radiography. Students are taught how to carry out various diagnostic tests and how to interpret their results. You will gain an expert knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology. You will also learn important professional skills such as working in integrated healthcare settings, patient care and reporting.
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Your first semester will introduce you to concepts such as radiation physics, anatomy and physiology. You will learn how to operate equipment used in fluoroscopic radiography. Your second semester will introduce diagnostics and result interpretation. You will spend three months undertaking your first placement in a hospital setting where you will assist qualified radiographers.
Second year students develop practical skills in the use of x-ray, ultrasound and MRI, and the interpretation of their results. You will study pathology, and how signs of disease can be recognised through medical imaging. You will undertake a second, longer placement during the second half of this year. This may include some time in specialist imaging departments, for example in dental surgery.
During the final year you will consolidate the knowledge you have gained already, and spend the majority of time on assessed placements. During these placements you will take more responsibility for patients and begin to work autonomously. You will undertake professional skills modules which will prepare you for work, and for registration as a qualified radiographer.
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