Imaging (non-ionising)

Non-ionising imaging is an area of healthcare science that includes ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and optical imaging.

As a clinical scientist in this area, you’ll develop new procedures, provide safety advice, perform quality assurance activities, teach and train, develop image analysis and reconstruction software, and also undertake more general research and development activities.

Staff member with patient going in scanner


You will typically be based within either a radiology or medical physics department of a hospital.

Non-ionising imaging techniques are generally safe which is especially reassuring when imaging sensitive patient groups, such as children.

The non-ionising imaging theme also encompasses some treatment modalities which are supported by clinical scientists, including ultra violet treatments for skin conditions and laser surgery. You’ll play an important role in ensuring these treatments are delivered safely, help to develop ways of improving them or introduce new treatments.

Working life

If you work in non-ionising imaging, you’ll use a range of imaging techniques, including:

Who will I work with?

You will be part of a team that includes radiologists, diagnostic radiographers and sonographers.

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