Healthcare professionals in the radiology department

Healthcare professionals in the radiology department


Radiologists are specialist doctors who use a variety of imaging methods to diagnose and treat patients. They carry out complex investigations and are responsible for the analysing of the images. They also perform procedures under imaging guidance to obtain samples for pathology and for treating some conditions.



Radiographers are specially trained healthcare professionals who employ a range of sophisticated equipment to produce high quality images in order to diagnose injury or disease. Many radiographers specialise in different areas within the hospital in order to extend their professional role. This service is provided 24 hours a day with radiographers often working alone or alongside other healthcare professionals.



Sonographers are specialist imaging staff that utilise Ultrasound to produce diagnostic images to demonstrate pathologies. Sonographers also carry out routine obstetric scans for expecting mums! Sonographers are radiographers or other healthcare professionals that have undertaken additional training.


Assistant Practitioners

Assistant practitioners are trained to undertake specific radiographic examinations. They are always supervised by a qualified radiographer.


Medical Physics Technicians & Physicists          

Medical Physics Technicians use radio-isotopes, administered to a patient, to produce diagnostic images. They also have a role in radiation protection & monitoring.


Student Radiographers

The Diagnostic Imaging department, at MusgrovePark hospital, hosts student radiographers from ExeterUniversity. The students are always supervised by suitably qualified members of staff. For more information on the undergraduate course visit:


Staff Nurses

These are specialised nurses who assist in interventional procedures and the care of the patient whilst in the x-ray department.


Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants support radiology staff with patient care whilst in the x-ray department. Other duties include escorting patient to and from the wards, clerical work & assisting the staff nurses with nursing duties.


Support Staff

These include clerical staff, porters and house keeping staff.

Clerical staff undertake a number of roles, including reception, appointments, secretarial support and image archiving.

Porters transport inpatient to and from the x-ray department.

Housekeeping staff ensure the x-ray department is as clean as possible.