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Radiographer - Diagnostic

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€32k > 51 
Diagnostic Radiographer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€32 - 51 
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Last Updated: April, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 reports a shortage of radiographers (clinical specialists; MRI and CT radiographers)

Occupational Category

Medical Practitioners

Also included in this category:

General practitioners; medical practitioners; house officers (hospital); registrars (hospital); consultants (hospital); surgeons;

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 11%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 50 / 50%
Non-Nationals: 26%
With Third Level: 100%
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At a Glance... header image

Diagnostic radiographers use radiological equipment, including X-ray or ultrasound. They take pictures of parts of the body where illness or injury is known or suspected.

The Work header image

Diagnostic radiographers work mainly within the radiology and imaging departments of hospitals but may also work in surgeries/clinics. Radiology departments within hospitals normally include a number of sections encompassing a wide range of different imaging modalities e.g. ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and, of course, x-rays.

Diagnostic radiographers are able to undertake most investigations but may later specialise in one particular area. Diagnostic radiographers use a range of imaging technology:

  • X-ray - looks through tissues to examine bones, cavities and foreign objects
  • Fluoroscopy - images the digestive system providing a real-time image.
  • CT (Computed Tomography) - which provides cross-sectional views (slices) of the body
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) - builds a 2D or 3D map of the different tissue types within the body
  • Ultrasound - well known for its use in obstetrics and gynaecology. Also used to check circulation and examine the heart
  • Angiography - used to investigate blood vessels.

Diagnostic radiographers provide a service for most departments within the hospital including, accident and emergency, outpatients, operating theatres and wards. Close liaison and collaboration with a wide range of other health care professionals is therefore vital.

X-rays and ultrasound are just two of the imaging techniques used by diagnostic radiographers to look at injuries or disease, or monitor changes inside the body. While most diagnostic radiographers carry out a range of procedures, they may specialise in techniques such as computerised tomography scanning, or magnetic resonance imaging which uses magnetic field and radio frequency waves to produce cross-sectional images of the body.


Ultrasound is used in various settings in a hospital, including abdominal scanning and breast ultrasound. Ultrasound imaging is the use of high frequency sound in excess of human hearing to produce images of structures of the human body that may be observed on a screen. These images may subsequently be transferred to photographic film, paper, video or a CD forming part of the patients' record of their examination.

There are no direct entry routes into ultrasound. Most sonographers train as a radiographer then undertake an approved post-registration course, offered by higher education institutions. The courses are a minimum of one academic year and prepare sonographers clinically and academically for practice. Normally a pre-requisite for acceptance is access to a clinical department with supervised practice for students.

Diagnostic radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession, and long-term career prospects include:

  • management
  • research
  • clinical work
  • teaching

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video tape, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.


Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.


Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.


Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.


Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.


Position and immobilize patient on examining table.


Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.


Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.


Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.


Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.


Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).


Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Physics:  Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need the ability to relate to and communicate with patients of all ages and backgrounds. Some of them may be anxious - you will need to put them at their ease.  
You must be confident in learning new skills and working with complex high technology equipment. A methodical approach, accuracy and attention to detail are necessary.

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: School of Diagnostic Imaging - University College Dublin
  Address: St. Anthony's, Herbert Avenue, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 716 6545
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Organisation: Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT)
  Address: 28 Milbrook Court, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
  Tel: (01) 679 4343
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