Diagnostic Radiography – BSc (Honours)

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Become a qualified radiographer with access to a fully-equipped digital X-ray suite on campus and half your study time spent in a hospital environment. Your career prospects as a graduate radiographer are very good and most students secure their first post immediately after graduation with hospitals in the region.

Key points
• Train using a fully-equipped digital X-ray suite.• Gain confidence and experience with 50% of course spent in a clinical environment.
• Learn from experienced lecturers who are all registered radiographers.
• Further your career with good links to hospitals in the region.

What is diagnostic radiography?
Diagnostic radiography is the medical science of produ…

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At a glance

Become a qualified radiographer with access to a fully-equipped digital X-ray suite on campus and half your study time spent in a hospital environment. Your career prospects as a graduate radiographer are very good and most students secure their first post immediately after graduation with hospitals in the region.

Key points
• Train using a fully-equipped digital X-ray suite.• Gain confidence and experience with 50% of course spent in a clinical environment.
• Learn from experienced lecturers who are all registered radiographers.
• Further your career with good links to hospitals in the region.

What is diagnostic radiography?
Diagnostic radiography is the medical science of producing images of the human body, which can be used to make a diagnosis. Diagnostic radiographers play an important role in the diagnosis and management of disease, and in the screening programmes for early detection of cancer. They are described as being at the heart of modern medicine.

Radiographers do not just work in hospital X-ray departments. There may be separate departments for ultrasound examinations, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, breast imaging or nuclear medicine, though in some hospitals these are in a single department. They may need to examine patients in the operating theatre or on the wards, and to use their initiative and make decisions, independently and as part of a team.

This course

Become a fully-trained radiographer qualified to work in hospitals on a course with a relatively small cohort and good lecturer to student ratio. As a student, your studies on campus centre around a fully equipped digital X-ray suite which replicates the settings in which you learn and work. The suite is located in our £13m Robert Winston Building.

You also benefit from the clinical expertise and specialised subject areas of our teaching team, many of whom also practice clinically. Our lecturers are all registered practitioners and have a diverse and wealth of radiography teaching experience between them. This well-respected and experienced team introduce you to present day conventional radiography and new emerging technology and methods of imaging.

Once you’ve learnt techniques in the University setting and x-ray suite, you then learn how to apply them in the real world with over half your course time on clinical placements.

As a student on this course, your placement opportunities and subsequent career prospects are excellent thanks to close links with local and regional hospital departments. We also have special rotation placement sites including neurological imaging and cardiac imaging departments and the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in Sheffield.

Diagnostic radiographers use highly technical equipment but the work also involves helping patients to relax and understand what is happening. You work with patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, and part of your training is learning to adapt your approach to meet the individual's needs.

During your time on placement, your clinical experience will reflect the working times of radiographers. This may involve shift work including weekends and evenings. It may also be necessary to live in hospital accommodation during placements.

As part of the course you complete a level 2 award in understanding health improvement certificate from the Royal Society of Public Health. We are currently the only university in the UK that offers this as part of our healthcare courses.

Your student membership fees for the Society and College of Radiographers are paid for the duration of the course, enabling you to access the services they provide.

Key areas of study
Key areas include • musculo-skeletal imaging • soft tissue imaging • science and imaging technology • practice education • generating and evaluating evidence for practice.

Interprofessional learning
Diagnostic radiographers are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team and part of your course is studied interprofessionally alongside students from other health disciplines, such as nurses, operating department practitioners and physiotherapists. This shared learning experience allows you to develop team working skills and understand the contribution different professionals make to the patient pathway.

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