Therapeutic radiographer

Therapeutic radiography is an exciting and varied career. It offers you the chance to make a difference, a high degree of flexibility and excellent employment prospects. You’ll work with patients every day to help improve their care and their lives.

Working life

Therapeutic radiographers use doses of x-rays and other ionising radiation to treat medical conditions - mainly cancer and tumours. You will work to high levels of accuracy to help ensure the patient's tumour or cancer receives exactly the right dose of radiation, at the same time as ensuring the surrounding normal tissues receive the lowest possible dose.

"I’ve already secured my job at Royal Stoke University Hospital for when I graduate so that’s where I will kick start my career!" Lily, a therapeutic radiography student

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Watch this video to see what both therapeutic and diagnostic radiographers do. 

What you'll do as a therapeutic radiographer

You’ll be making a difference every day, working closely with patients and helping them with many different issues as therapeutic radiographer. Some examples of things you might work on include:

The difference you make to your patients’ lives is one of the most exciting things about being a therapeutic radiographer. As well as seeing different patients and conditions you’ll also have the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team working closely with doctors, nurses, medical physicists and engineers  in an oncology team. You may supervise the work of radiography assistants  

"Every day I have the opportunity to make a difference to those affected by cancer. Their thank you letters are always lovely to read." Sairanne Wickers, consultant breast radiographer

Read Sairanne's story 

How to become a therapeutic radiographer

To become a therapeutic radiographer you’ll need to train and study for an undergraduate degree or postgraduate diploma. Entry requirements vary depending on where you’d like to study. You can find the therapeutic radiography course to suit you using our Course Finder tool

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