How to Become a Radiologist
Radiologist Job Details
Skills and Qualities of a Radiologist
Radiologist Salaries
Influential Radiologists
Leading Organizations in the Radiologist Field
Top Cities for Radiology Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How to become a Radiologist

The field of radiology is growing rapidly and there is extensive training required to enter the profession and succeed as a radiologist. There are prerequisites in undergraduate training and four years of medical school required along with post-graduate training requiring five years to complete. Various rotations are usually completed during the first year of postgraduate studies although it can have a preliminary internship in either medicine or surgery. This preliminary year is followed by a diagnostic radiology residency requiring four years for completion.

The four year residency consists of an exam for the medical physics board which will entail both science and technology involved in the various diagnostic tests utilized in the field of radiology. There must be a basic knowledge of radiobiology which studies the radiations affects on the body's tissue. There are opportunities for radiology training available at colleges, universities and hospitals. There are certificates, associates and bachelor's degrees for radiology.

What does a Radiologist do?

While radiology was once thought of as simply taking and interpreting X-rays the field has become far more advanced; today the Radiologist uses medial imaging technology to assist them in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.

Now the radiologist will utilize ultrasounds, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) to get a diagnosis of illnesses and the best method for treating them. Imaging technology is used to guide the least evasive medical procedures possible in Interventional radiology. Radiologist will also keep patient records up to date and maintain the equipment utilized in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Radiologists are also responsible for maintaining and overseeing the purchase of the equipment utilized in the treatment of patience and evaluating the purchase of additional equipment. With further training and education radiologist can enter into a management position where the job description involves overseeing the activities of the staff and making work schedules to ensure that operations run smoothly.

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Radiologist?

The field of radiology is making advances on a consistent basis requiring radiologist to be flexible and constantly continue their education in order to be up to date on the latest medical advances in the field. It is vital for a radiologist to possess adequate communication skills so they can effectively work with a team to solve the problems presented to them on a daily basis. They must also be motivated enough to continue educating themselves as to the latest advances and newest developments in the field of radiology.

Federal legislation protects patients from unnecessary exposure to radiation by regulating the training of those utilizing radiological equipment. As of 2007 there are forty states that require both radiological technicians and technologists to be licensed. State exams are required in 35 out of the 50 states to qualify for licenses and certifications. Recertifications are done every two years which require continuing education credits equaling twenty-four hours. With further education and experience those in the field of radiology can choose to specialize.

To work in the field of radiology a certificate, associates degree or a bachelor's degree is required depending on the specialty that is undertaken.

How much does a Radiologist make?

Radiologist technologists made just over $48,000 in 2006 with the average salary ranging from $39,840.00 yearly to $57,940 a year. Those employed by medical and diagnostic laboratories made just over $51,000 while general medical and surgical hospitals paid over $48,000. Those employed as radiologists in physician's offices make $45,500 annually; of course the more education and experience that one undergoes the more they can expect to make in the field of radiology.

Radiologist with less than a year of experience can expect to make around $50,000 a year while those with up to four years can expect $60,820.00 annually. The more experience that is acquired the higher the pay which is proven by the fact that those with five to nine years of experience make over $196,000 a year. Ten to nineteen years in the radiology field will earn you $220,000 a year while those with over twenty years of experience earn over $224,000 dollars a year.

Radiologists with the most experience in the field, an increased amount of training and a higher level of education can expect to make more.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

The CEO of AIUM, Carmine M. Valente, PhD, and CAE was named the tenth most influential person in the field of radiology by RT Image Magazine. U. Joseph Schoepf, MD is a leader in the field of cardiovascular imaging and is at the top of his profession. Roland Talanow MD, PhD is the developer of Radiology Search which is a free search engine designed to make finding information related to radiology easier.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

The top rated organization in the radiology field is the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. The organization was founded by the Society for Pediatric Radiology, American College of Radiological Technologists and the American association of physicists in medicine. The American College of Radiology has been a leading organization in the field of radiology for over seventy-five years becoming a founding member in 2008 of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging which is another leader in the radiology field.

What are the top cities for Radiology jobs?

There were nearly 200,000 jobs for those in the field of radiology in 2006 and this is expected to see an increase of up to fifteen percent by the year 2016. Hospitals were where sixty percent of those jobs were found with the rest being in private practices and diagnostic imaging centers. Employment in the field of radiology is expected to increase at an alarming rate and the opportunities for jobs are expected to be plentiful.

While hospitals are and will still be the main employer of radiologists there will also be jobs found in physician's offices and at centers for diagnostic imaging. The cities with the highest concentration of jobs in the field of radiology are Columbia, MO, Tyler, TX, and Johnson City, TN.

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