There are two types of radiographer: diagnostic radiographers and therapeutic radiographers.

Diagnostic radiographers produce images that can be used to diagnose injuries or diseases. These images are produced using radiation (e.g. x-ray), ultrasound or magnetic fields. The radiographer will work with other health professionals to analyse these images and work out what is wrong with the patient. Most diagnostic radiographers work in hospitals, but a few work in clinics or GP surgeries.

Therapeutic radiographers use radiation to treat patients, usually cancer patients. This is called radiotherapy. Therapeutic radiographers plan and deliver a prescribed dose of radiation to specific areas of the patient’s body. They also provide patients with support to help them deal with receiving radiotherapy, which can often be unpleasant.