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Our aim is to deliver a Quality Diagnostic Imaging Service within a safe environment, provided by caring and professional staff. We recognize that everyone is an individual and respect their rights to privacy and dignity.
There are many different examinations carried out in the Imaging Directorate, the most common examinations are X-rays such as chests, arms, legs, hands, feet, neck, spine, skull and facial bones. The majority of work done by newly qualified radiographers is plain film imaging of in-patient/outpatient and GP patients and students spend a lot of time in this area.
When patients have these X-rays done it is usually to show fractures or foreign bodies, arthritis, disc bulging or tumours.
The Radiologist will check the quality of the image(s) which will then be reported on by either a Radiologist or by a Radiography Practitioner who specialises in making diagnosis from these images.
We also perform a wide range of ‘special’ examinations such as:
We undertake around 153,500 examinations per annum, with the breakdown being around:
As well as the Imaging Department within the Hospital, we also have departments at Community Hospitals: Buxton Hospital and Whitworth Hospital.
Most of your time will be spent within X-ray, but you will get the opportunity to work in other areas in line with your assessment needs.
The Clinical Liasion Officers (CLOs)/Mentors will support you throughout your placement, from meeting you before placement to explain what to expect, an induction when you arrive and providing ongoing support, along with your educators who you will work closely with.
You will be expected to take control of your learning and keep on top of your assessments but your educators and CLOs will support you in doing this and the friendly team are always there to answer any questions you have.
Please make yourself familiar with the relevant policies and also the IR(ME)R Regulations.
Photo: Trevor Smith Photography