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Patriceriparip

33 months ago

What's the difference between diagnostic and therapeutic radiography? Im still undecided on what to take at uni. :/

Im really confused which is the better in terms of the income and the job itself
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fruitydumpling

  33 months ago
You have an excellent and full answer from Woadie. Hope that helps make up you mind. You should be able to find out about differences in income online or from a university.
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woadie

  33 months ago
Oh P.S. The pay scales are the same throughout Radiography. You should not enter this profession for pay, it is a caring profession. Think very carefully why you do want to do this, as there are many other careers out there but only really one chance to go to University!!!
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woadie

  33 months ago
Hi, I can help, I trained to do Nuclear Medicine (an area that comes within Radiology in most hospitals). Diagnostic Radiography is concerned with taking images to diagnose disease and damage e.g. bone x-rays, renograms, barium meals. Therapeutic Radiography encompasses areas such as Oncology, sometimes people in this area are called Radiotherapists. These are the people who treat cancer with Radiotherapy. Many of the machines are similar in principle to the machines that are used in Diagnostic Radiography, only they fire a much more powerful beam of electrons at cancer tumours to kill the cells and shrink the tumour. You need to be sure that you can deal with life as an RT, it's quite emotionally hard for a lot of people as you will see very ill, scared people, some of whom do die before completing treatment, some of whom come in for palliative care (that is, treatment designed to prolong life and quality of life but not able to cure the cancer). It can be rewarding and it can be draining. My best friend trained as an RT, I met her when she came in to my department (Nuc Med) to train! Good luck with what you decide, work hard, get the grades because there is a lot of competition for these training places, and to help your case in applying, you should definately ask if you can look round a Radiography Department where you can get a clearer picture of the area you'd like to work in x
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suemelley

  33 months ago
I haven't got a clue, I'm afraid. While I understand the difference between the two I would guess that the best way to find out is to either ask your local hospital for advice, or maybe someone at the University itself.
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