The Role of the Radiographer in Computed Tomography Imaging

Computed Tomography (CT) has been available as part of a diagnostic imaging pathway since the early 1970s. From its inception as a tool to image the brain in cross section, the technological advances in the speed and resolution of CT have resulted in its current strategic position in the diagnosis, planning and surveillance of disease throughout the body.

Since then, technological developments include the growth of multi-slice scanners, dual source and dual energy scanners and iterative reconstruction techniques. Diagnostic and Therapeutic radiographers perform CT examinations of the body to diagnose injuries and diseases and to plan treatment. They are registered healthcare professionals who are competent to practice autonomously. The role of the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiographer in CT has grown and the skill sets required to be a CT radiographer in a modern and challenging health and social care setting are diverse.

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