Radiographers take images of the insides of patients’ bodies to diagnose injury or disease. They also care for and treat people with cancer.
Radiographers look after people who are unwell or in pain who be anxious or uncertain about what is going to happen. They use their wide range of skills and training to deliver a sensitive, patient-focused health care service in imaging and radiotherapy
There are 2 types of Radiographers:
1. Diagnostic Radiographers employ a wide range of imaging techniques such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound and plain film to produce high quality images to diagnose injury or disease. Often, they interpret the images so that the correct treatment can be provided. They undertake diagnostic work and independent reporting as part of the multidisciplinary team. They are a key part of the delivery of acute as well as community-based services. Early diagnosis is a vital step in care pathways and the delivery of any subsequent treatment. Health surveillance screening such as mammography has a very important role to play in the early detection of cancer
2. Therapeutic Radiographers are the only health professionals qualified to plan and deliver radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer. They provide both curative and palliative treatments utilising complex technology as well as offering a high degree of emotional support for their patients.
GP and outpatients
We are appointment only during the COVID pandemic.
X-ray departments open at 09:00 and close at 17:00 Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays.
X-ray examinations are performed during normal working hours and for emergency examinations 24/7.
Out of hours provision for hospital emergency department
We provide hospital emergency departments with a 24/7 service for those in Craigavon Area Hospital and Daisy Hill Hospital.
We provide an imaging service for minor injuries in Craigavon Area Hospital and South Tyrone Hospital from 09.00 – 21.00 Monday – Friday and 10.00 to18.00 Saturday and Sunday. Please refer to the SHSCT communications on when appointments only, or the walk in service for minor injuries is available.
There is evidence of associated risks to an unborn child for some of our examinations. Enquiries will be made for those of child bearing capacity between the ages of 10 – 55 years of age about the possibility of pregnancy. On some occasions we have to ask accompanying parents /guardians / carers this question as well. All discussion will be carried out with privacy and in confidence.
- Why have I been asked to put on a gown?
- Having an X-ray
- Having a Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
- Having an Ultrasound Scan
- Having an MRI Scan
- Having a Nuclear Medicine Scan
- Having a DEXA / DXA Scan
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