What Does a Radiologist Do?

HealthcareFebruary 24, 2015

Radiologists are doctors, who are specialized in the use of radiology to diagnose and treat diseases and medical conditions. Like many other types of doctors, radiologists complete at least four years of residency after graduating from medical school. Radiologists typically work closely with radiologic technicians, who often perform the diagnostic tests, while radiologists read and interpret the images. Because of this, many radiologists, especially those who focus on diagnostic imaging, don't see patients at all. There are however other specialties in radiology in which the radiologist is heavily involved in the treatment of patients. In surveys, radiologists often report great satisfaction with their profession. These are some of the rewarding aspects of a career as a radiologist:

The Job

The most rewarding part is the job itself. The specialized nature of the profession and the responsibilities involved are the main reasons radiologists chose their profession and decide to stay on this career path.

The Salary

In addition to the rewarding nature of a radiologist's work, the financial rewards are high for this profession, as well. In fact, radiologists are some of the most well-paid physicians.

The Impact

Radiologists help patients both indirectly (by diagnosing medical problems) and directly (by treating diseases and conditions). Their ability to make a difference in the lives of patients is another rewarding aspect of this profession.

Less Paperwork

For people who are looking to become a doctor but are not sure of which specialty to choose, radiology is also appealing because radiologists spend a shorter amount of time on paperwork and administration than those doctors within other specialties.

The Choices

There are numerous options for careers within the field of radiology. For example, in diagnostic imaging, a radiologist can specialize in several areas, such as neuroradiology, nuclear radiology, pediatric radiology and vascular radiology. Radiologists can also choose a concentration in interventional radiology (nonsurgical treatments in which medical imaging is used to guide the procedure), radiation oncology (the treatment of cancer) or medical physics. In conclusion, a prospective radiologist can look forward to a career that is both financially and emotionally fulfilling, and one that provides various job opportunities. Learn more about radiology technicians here.

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