A radiologist is a qualified doctor who is specially trained to interpret diagnostic images such as ultrasound, x-rays, MRI and CT scans. If you have an interventional procedure (such as a joint injection or biopsy) this will usually be performed by a radiologist.
A radiographer is a person who has been trained to take your x-ray or perform your MRI or CT scan. During your examination we will ensure that you are put at ease, and always treat you with dignity and respect.
Radiographers complete a 3 year degree course in diagnostic imaging. All radiographers must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HCPC) before they are allowed to work in the UK.
Some radiographers go on to specialise in certain areas such as Mammography, Ultrasound and MRI. All Specialist Radiographers must undertake full training and pass rigorous tests before they can practice in their specialised areas.
We currently have 18 radiographers in our radiology department.
Administration and Clerical
A member of the administration and clerical team will greet you when you arrive at our reception areas. They will check that we have all your details and that they are correct, before booking you onto our computer system. Our clerical team books appointments and answer queries. We also have specialist secretaries who type reports and provide a support service for our medical staff and management team.
Health Care Assistants
The role of the HCA is to provide an excellent standard of nursing care to patients undergoing diagnostic and interventional Radiological procedures and to support the Radiologists and Radiographers. They provide a vital service facilitating the smooth running of each patients journey through the Imaging Department.
They may get you ready for your examination, for example getting you changed into a gown, giving you a drink after a CT scan, helping you to complete a questionnaire before your MRI scan or perhaps most importantly holding your hand and being there for you through procedure or scan.
We have 7 HCAs in our department.