Posted by Aston Avery

The essential role of radiography in modern healthcare

Radiography is an important aspect of healthcare, using medical imaging to diagnose and treat diseases within the human body. Its contributions are invaluable; every x-ray, MRI, or CT scan offers a window into the internal workings of the human anatomy, allowing for accurate diagnoses and targeted treatments.

However, despite its significance, the UK faces a notable shortage of radiographers. Several factors contribute. Economic constraints, the retirement of experienced professionals, and a lack of awareness about the profession have combined to create a supply-demand imbalance. This has further exacerbated waiting times for crucial diagnostic tests and treatments.

Aspiring radiographers might wonder how to join the profession. To become a radiographer, one typically undertakes a degree approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). A strong foundation in the sciences, especially at A-level, and a genuine interest in patient care are essential starting points.

Aston spoke to Richard Evans OBE, CEO of the Society of Radiographers and Dave Pilborough, president of the Society of Radioraphers.

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