Who works in the Radiology Department?
The radiology team consists of consultant radiologists, radiographers, sonographers, radiology nurses, radiology department assistants, clerical staff and porters.
- A radiologist is a doctor who is specially trained to interpret diagnostic images. Radiologists also perform interventional procedures, such as an angiograms and biopsies. Ultrasound scans may also be performed by a radiologist. All radiologists must be registered with the General Medical Council, have a licence to practice and be on the GMC specialist register. They must also be members of the Royal College of Radiologists.
- Radiologists provide written results of the examinations. These results then get sent to the referring doctor.
- A radiographer is a person who has been trained to undertake the various imaging procedures. Radiographers can specialise in various areas within the department. A sonographer is a radiographer who has trained to perform ultrasound.
- Radiographers complete, as a minimum, a 3 year degree course in diagnostic imaging. All radiographers must be registered with the Health Care Professions Council before they are allowed to work in the UK or Guernsey.
- The role of our radiology nurses is to help the team during various procedures and to care for patients that need nursing care.
- Nurses complete, as a minimum, a 3 year degree course. All nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council before they are allowed to work in the UK or Guernsey.
Radiology department assistant
- The role of the Radiography department assistant is to support radiologists, radiographers and nurses, and to help patients. They may get patients ready for examinations, for example getting them changed into a gown, giving them a drink before a CT scan or helping them to complete a questionnaire before a MRI scan.
Administration and clerical team
- A member of the administration and clerical team will greet you when you arrive at one of our reception areas. They will check that we have all your details and that they are correct. The team also books appointments, answer queries, type reports and provide a clerical support service.
- Porters assist in moving patients and equipment to the desired areas within the department.