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Science students learn about diagnostic and therapeutic radiography

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Sam Whyte from the Department of Radiology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital visited Long Road Sixth Form College to speak to Applied Science A level, Level 3 Applied Science and Biology A level students about diagnostic and therapeutic radiography.

Sam is a senior therapy radiographer and clinical lecturer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Anglia Ruskin University and the University Campus Suffolk. She explained how diagnostic and therapeutic radiography underpin nearly all clinical investigatory and therapeutic work at the hospital:  diagnostic radiography involves CT, MRI and ultrasound as well as 2D x-rays, whilst therapeutic radiography is used to treat cancerous tumours. She explained how the therapeutic process is planned and delivered.

Sam went on to talk about career opportunities in radiography and what qualifications you might need to study the subject at university: generally 2 A levels, including at least one Science A level.  She added that there is a worldwide shortage of radiographers, and there is still the potential to get your tuition fees paid for university.  She said that 80% of radiography students get offers of employment before they finish their course.

Mark Ward, Biology and Applied Science teacher, says: “We are extremely grateful to Sam for giving up her time to talk about this medically important and satisfying career.”