October 30, 2016

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Radiologist Job Description And Salary

Radiologists are required to diagnose and treat diseases pertaining to the human body using. A radiologic technologist uses ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT scanning), x-ray, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in order to capture images of the patients internal and external body structure. Patients are required to ingest radiopaque substances either orally, by enema or by injection. This is done to aid the medical imaging machines in producing accurate visuals to be viewed on fluoroscopic screens. The images of internal and external structures and organs are examined by a radiologist.

Radiologist Salary Statistics For 2015

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As you can see a Radiologists salary is one of the highest in the medical field and for good reason. The salary has a fantastic growth outlook as well, which is good news for future Radiologists to be.

Specialized Fields of Radiology

  • Breast Imaging & Mammography: Breast imaging focuses on issues, conditions, and diseases of the breast, which include mammography, ultrasound breast procedures, biopsies, and MRI’s.
  • Cardiovascular Radiology: Primarily concerned with the imaging and diagnosis of the heart and blood vessels.
  • Chest and Abdominal Radiology: Treating the chest region such as the heart and lungs.
  • Radiation Oncology: Responsible for cancer treatment using radiation and various medical imaging technologies in conjunction with one another to seek out and eliminate cancer.
  • Gastrointestinal Radiology: Images and treats the digestive tract, stomach, intestines, and abdominal region.
  • Genitourinary Radiology: Treating reproductive organs, bladder, and urinary tract.
  • Head and Neck Radiology: Primary concern is the diseases and abnormalities that occur in the head and neck region and the role that radiology plays in treating these areas.
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology: Devoted to the imaging and diagnosis of the skeletal system and muscles.
  • Pediatric Radiology: Use of radiology for treatment and diagnosis of problems with children and enfants.
  • Emergency Radiology: Use of radiology in emergency conditions such as emergency trauma patients.
  • Neuroradiology: Use of radiologic imaging to diagnose problems with the brain and spinal areas using CT, x-rays, ultrasound, and MRI procedures.
  • Nuclear Radiology: Use of radioactive materials to image, treat, and diagnose patients. The most common types of imaging performed are gamma imaging, PET and PET/CT scans.
  • Interventional Radiology: The use of minimally invasive techniques to image and treat problems such as blocked blood vessels, biopsy procedures, angioplasty (stenting), tube placement, abscess drainage, and much more.

Work Environment

Radiologists are primarily employed full-time and work anywhere from 40-50 hours a week depending on the seniority level of the doctor. During the early stages of employment radiologists are expected to work longer hours and will eventually be given more flexibility further into their career. Radiologists based out of clinics or hospitals will acquire a lot of on call work in order to meet the needs of their patients. Therefore in the case of an emergency, radiologists can be expecting calls at all hours of the day. Radiologists will also under go emotional stress however despite the hours and stress radiologists have documented a high level of job satisfaction. Radiologists spend the majority of their time in offices examining images and preparing treatment plans. They also have to be excellent communicators as they interact with patients, nurses, other doctors and imaging techs.

Job Outlook

The future is looking bright for current and aspiring radiologists. Currently in the United States radiologists are highly demanded due to a lack of radiologists currently employed. There have been situations in which radiologist have been flown in from other countries to fill positions where necessary. There will also be a further increase in job opportunities as the baby boomers will soon be into retirement.

Radiologist Gender Employment Statistics

Radiologist Gender Stats Based on our stats gathered across the U.S. 80% of radiologists were females while only 20% were males. These numbers are based on averages across all states combined. Some individual states may have a much different ratio however.

How To Become A Radiologist

Radiologist are often confused with radiologic technologists however in order to become a radiologist one must have their doctrine. Almost all radiologists are required to attend four years of college, four years of medical school and five years of radiology residency. After residency one must achieve high grades on their medical board exams to qualify for a fellowship program. This is where they will acquire the necessary hands-on training performing medical procedures related to their field.

Required Optional
  • Four years of college
  • Four years of medical school
  • Five years of residency
  • Two years of a fellowship program
  • Volunteer in a medical setting for experience
  • Acquire additional training for radiology
  • Acquire additional training for specialized radiology
  • Extra training on equipment operation and safety


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