When you come for your scan, you will meet a lot of people who wear different uniforms. This page aims to help you to distinguish between the different staff members you might meet when you come for your appointment.
A radiographer is a person who has been trained to take your x-ray or perform your MRI or CT scan. If a radiographer has been trained to perform an ultrasound, he/she may be called a sonographer. If you have an interventional procedure (such as an angiogram or biopsy) a radiographer will be part of the team looking after you.
Radiographers complete a three year degree course in diagnostic imaging. All radiographers must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) before they are allowed to work in the UK.
At Guy’s and St Thomas’ we have a team of about 120 radiographers. A superintendent radiographer is in charge of most of the clinical areas, e.g. CT, MRI, general x-ray, A&E and the interventional areas.
Female radiographers wear white tunics and male radiographers wear maroon coloured polo shirts. Radiographers who work in the interventional suites always wear theatre scrubs.
A radiologist is a doctor who is specially trained to interpret diagnostic images such as x-rays, MRI and CT scans. If you have an interventional procedure (such as an angiogram or biopsy) a radiologist will perform the procedure. Sometimes ultrasound scans may be performed by a radiologist.
Radiologists provide a written report of the results of your examination which he or she will send to your doctor.
In our radiology department we have a team of 26 consultant radiologists and 35 specialist registrars.
Radiologists do not wear a uniform, unless they are working in the interventional suites where they wear theatre scrubs.
See a list of our radiology consultants.
The role of our radiology nurses is to help the team during interventional procedures and to care for the patients in the recovery areas afterwards.
Nurses complete a three year degree course. All nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council before they are allowed to work in the UK.
In our radiology department we have a team of 20 nurses, led by a matron.
Nurses can be recognised by their uniform, unless they are working in the interventional suites where they wear theatre scrubs.
Health care assistant (HCA) and radiography department assistant (RDA)
The role of the HCA and RDA is to support radiologists, radiographers and nurses, and to help patients. They may get you ready for your examination, for example getting you changed into a gown, giving you a drink before a CT scan or helping you to complete a questionnaire before your MRI scan.
In our radiology department we have a team of 14 HCAs and RDAs.
Administration and clerical team
A member of the administration and clerical team will greet you when you arrive at one of our reception areas. They will check that we have all your details and that they are correct, before booking you onto our computer system.
Our 38 strong team includes:
- secretaries – our secretaries type reports and provide a support service for our medical staff and management team
- IT specialists – we have a team that looks after our computer systems, including a system for recording your personal details and a record of your examinations, as well as a separate system on which all x-ray and scan images are stored
- clerical staff – our clerical team books appointments and answer queries