Radiography assistants and imaging support workers

Radiography assistants and imaging support workers help radiographers diagnose and treat patients. 

This page has information on the role of the radiography assistant, including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

Diagnostic radiographers use imaging to work out which disease or condition is causing a patient’s illness and therapeutic radiographers use doses of x-rays and other ionising radiation to treat medical conditions - mainly cancer and tumours.

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As a radiography assistant or imaging support worker, you'll work with both types of radiographer to:

Who will I work with?

Radiography assistants and imaging support workers work closely with diagnostic radiographers and therapeutic radiographersmedical physicists, engineers, doctors, nurses and other health professionals.

Where will I work?

In the NHS, most radiography assistants and imaging support workers work in hospitals. They provide a service for most departments within the hospital including accident and emergency, outpatients, operating theatres and wards.

Some radiography assistants and imaging support workers work in private clinics and hospitals.

Entry requirements 

There are no set entry requirements for radiography assistants and imaging support workers. Employers expect good numeracy, literacy and IT skills. They may ask for GCSEs or equivalent. Employers may ask for a healthcare qualification, such as BTEC or NVQ.

Employers often ask for relevant work experience. Even where this is not specified, it would be an advantage if you have worked in health or social care, either in paid employment or voluntary work.                                                                                                                                       

Personal characteristics and skills required

Radiography assistants and imaging support workers need to be:

You'll also need 

Training and development

You will receive the training you need to work as a radiography assistant or imaging support worker. This includes:

You may be able to study for the Certificate in Clinical Imaging Support (at level 2 or 3).

Some radiography assistants and imaging support workers join the Society of Radiographers. The Society runs training events and conferences so radiography assistants and imaging support workers can update their skills and network with others doing similar work. 

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