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Radiologist Job Description

Kulbhushaan Raghuvanshi
With so many advancements in a medical technology today, the need for medical professional who can handle radiology equipment has increased. To know more about this job profile's role and responsibilities, read on...
A radiologist is a well-qualified medical professional who diagnoses and treats health ailments using radiology technology.
For effective diagnosis, they use radioactive substances like X-rays and digital pictures of patients taken via various machines and imaging equipment.

Job Description

  • Radiologists produce X-rays of body parts which needs to be diagnosed.
  • They explain radiologic examination procedure to people like removal of jewelry and articles through which the rays cannot pass.
  • To prevent themselves and patients from unnecessary exposure to radiation, they cover the exposed area with protective devices like lead shields or reduce the X-ray beam size.
  • They also take advice from physicians on how to control the use of radiations for safety reasons. An important part of their job description is to place the radiographic equipment at correct angles and height over the appropriate area of the patient's body.
  • In addition to prepare patients for the operating procedure, radiologists also keep a track of patient records and make sure the radiology equipment are in excellent conditions. An experienced radiologist may also prepare work schedule or may even be a head of a radiology department in a hospital.
  • Some radiologists also specialize in Computed Tomography (CT), they are referred as CT Technologists. Radiologists can also specialize in handling magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Some radiologists work in imaging centers where they act as consultants to other doctors. They work with many types of doctors and are familiar with various medical procedures.
  • This job is demanding and physical stamina is extremely important. They have to stay on their feet for long hours and may also have to turn or carry disabled patients.
  • Radiologists often work on radiological equipment but in case of emergencies, they have to travel in large vans equipped with advanced diagnostic equipment.
  • Radiation hazards are many and radiologists control them by regular use of aprons, gloves and other shielding devices. They are also checked for radiation levels frequently, with the help of marks and detailed records which they keep for monitoring the radiation area.
  • Work timings are usually for 40 hours a week, and in some cases they may also work in evenings, on weekends and on requested hours. Independent radiologists can also work part-time for more than 2 employers.

Educational Requirements

To become a successful radiologist, one must first complete a Bachelor's Degree and then proceed to four years of medical school. To make the path more simple, it is recommended that students pay attention to subjects such as chemistry, physics and biology in high school.
As an undergraduate, a student needs to pass a pre-medical program or at least attend all the important classes essential to apply in an accredited medical school. A student becomes a licensed health care professional after the completion of studies from the medical school.
After medical school, students begin their internship in radiology, which lasts for five more years. Some applicants choose to add another year to their studies to gain a specialization. Certification is granted by the AART (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) and it should be renewed after two years.
Radiology is a lucrative medical practice. Experienced radiologists working for big medical facilities and hospitals earn more than US $450,000, excluding yearly bonuses and perks. As the field of medicine provides consistent need of diagnosis for the sick and needy, the demand for radiologists is only going to increase in the coming years.