The Skills You Need for a CT Radiographer Job

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Published: 21 Nov 2017      

A CT Radiographer holds a valuable position in the medical workplace, often being brought in as a specialist for certain patients. However, it’s also a challenging role that requires the professional to have a certain skill set in order to succeed. The following are the skills a CT Radiographer must develop during their studies and later career.

Understanding of Governance

CT Radiographers must look towards their regulatory bodies to set the regulations and standards that they will follow. Understanding of the rules, governing ethics, conduct, and performance standards put in place by the Health and Care Professions Council is crucial, plus you can look towards the Society and College of Radiographers for its code of conduct.

Furthermore, be mindful of the fact that several pieces of national legislation apply to your work. As well as being subject to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, you must also meet the various regulations and laws attached to the use of ionising regulation in your country of practice.

A Desire to Keep Learning

A CT Radiographer must commit to their CPD in order to maintain the standards set for those in the field, and develop their skills in accordance with new technologies and practices.

You have a duty to understand all of the complex medical language and abbreviations that apply to your role, and should undertake further training to learn about the operation of supporting devices. These may include electrocardiogram machines, amongst others.

Furthermore, be mindful of the National Occupational Standards for CT scanning, which outline the basic skills that all CT Radiographers must possess. The standards cover work with both the brain and scanning for diagnostic reasons.

Patient Care

The importance of proper bedside manner, and how to treat patients outside of the context of medical examinations, often goes underestimated.

A Ct Radiographer must understand the needs of their patient at all points of the patient’s interactions with them. Beyond carrying out the relevant medical procedures to the highest standard, you must understand the various conditions and issues that the patient may have. For example, you must adapt when treating a patient who has a physical or mental impairment.

You need strong communication skills, and the empathy required to recognise when a patient may be feeling scared or anxious about the upcoming procedure. Part of your role is to help the patient feel comfortable with the work you’ll do. Furthermore, you must be capable of explaining the results of your scans in language that patients understand.

Teamwork Skills

Oftentimes, a CT Radiographer will be called in as part of a specialist team, which means they must embrace the concept of working with others, and accept the diverse backgrounds and opinions of each member of the team they work in.

CT Radiographers must also be capable of working together towards a defined, common goal, as well as sharing an ethos that ensures high standards of care for their patients.

However, you should also have the confidence needed to challenge any decisions that you don’t feel are in the best interests of your patients.


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