Introduction to To Diagnostic Radiography Clinical Placements
Radiology is at the heart of modern medicine. Thus the role of the Diagnostic Radiographer is ever changing with the times. At East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, we not only take x-rays of our patients but we also have advanced practitioners who have been trained to interpret and report their findings on images.
The Radiology Department at East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, is split across 2 main hospital sites these are Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital (RBTH) and Burnley General Teaching Hospital (BGTH). We also have radiology services at a number of peripheral locations, these are Clitheroe Community Hospital (CCH), Accrington Victoria Hospital (AVH), Pendle Community Hospital (PCH), Barbara Castle Way and Rossendale Primary Care Centre. Across all of our sites we carry out approximately 380,000 radiological studies per year.
The 3 Year BSc (Hons) degree course for Radiography, will not only be academic (learning the theory of the job), at either Cumbria or Salford University, but will also be spent within our hospitals on Clinical Placement. This will be alongside a variety of skilled professionals, who will guide and advise you as part of your practical training of how to become a Diagnostic Radiographer and to prepare for your future career.
At East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, our aim is for you to have an interesting and rewarding training experience within our Diagnostic Radiography placement areas.
You will use a range of imaging technology, equipment and techniques to acquire images to aid the diagnosis of patients.
These may be:-
- Angiography / Cardiac Catheter Laboratories – A procedure performed to view blood vessels after injecting them with a radiopaque dye that outlines them on x-ray. This technique can be usefully used to look at arteries in many areas of the body, including the brain, neck, heart, aorta, chest, pulmonary circuit, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and limbs.
- Nuclear Medicine – Imaging using a gamma camera with radioactive isotopes to assess bodily functions and to diagnose and treat disease.
- Mammography – This is the process of using x-rays to examine to the human breast for diagnosis and screening.
Student Charter – all students on placement within the Division of Diagnostics and Clinical Support are required to sign and adhere to this agreement.
Student Rota Example