What does a Radiologist do?

Radiologists are medical doctors who specialize in the capture, processing, and interpretation of a patient’s medical images, including an X-ray, CAT scan, ultrasound, or an MRI. They perform diagnostic imaging exams on patients and create diagnostic images to assist physicians and other medical professionals with the diagnosis and treatment of a patient’s illness or injury.

Radiologists ensure the quality of the images taken through their interaction with lab technicians. They guide and instruct patients about the images and how they are taken. They consult with patients about their options and discuss imaging results with patients. Radiologists also communicate their interpretations of the images, and discuss their findings with other specialists or physicians. When needed, they are also called upon to conduct other procedures including catheter placement or biliary drainage and to assist in emergency situations including infection or resuscitation. Radiologists have completed undergraduate studies and four years of medical school followed by four years of radiology residency.

What responsibilities are common for Radiologist jobs?
  • Assist with care and maintenance of department equipment and supplies.
  • Ensure proper charging of all procedures, coding, and modifiers are correct.
  • Plan and schedule work for the section or department.
  • Analyze records, reports and test results to diagnose patient's medical condition.
  • Follow standards for routine diagnostic exams, positioning, patient care and documentation as prescribed in the procedure manual established by the imaging department.
  • Provide direct customer and/or clerical/administrative support to the department as assigned.
  • Coordinate with community leadership to ensure consistency of operations, quality and safety.
  • Develop, interpret and applies departmental policies as they relate to the daily operations of the respective areas.
  • Make recommendation in strategic planning and assists in determine departmental goals and objectives.
  • Implement safety standards and perform appropriate QC procedures on equipment.
  • Maintain accreditation status with all applicable organizations and ensures that all federal, state, and local guidelines are followed to ensure compliance with such regulations.
  • Maintain appropriate records of examinations on a consistent basis.
  • Practice radiation safety techniques and is responsible for marking and labeling films correctly.
  • Maintain all HIPAA regulations and policies regarding patient information.
What are the typical qualifications for Radiologist jobs?
  • Associate's Degree in radiology or a scientific discipline.
  • Strong leadership abilities.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Must be able to make decisions confidently and quickly.
  • Comfortable handling stents and injectors.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Gmail, and backup and recovery tools.
EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does a Radiologist make?

Confident
$220,893 /yr
Total Pay
$202,285
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$18,607
 /yr

Additional Pay

$220,893

 / yr
$128K$404K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Radiologist Career Path

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Radiologist
$220,893/yr
Director of Quality Management
$198,154/yr
Radiologist

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
45%
2 - 4
20%
5 - 7
1%
8+
34%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Radiologist Insights

Read what Radiologist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Homerton University HospitalHomerton University Hospital
Radiologist Assistant
Jun 18, 2022

“White females given the brunt of the good work and the scraps are given to everybody else.”

Radiology PartnersRadiology Partners
Radiologist
Sep 16, 2022

“great partners to work with”

Novant HealthNovant Health
Multi Modality Supervisor Radiology
Dec 13, 2020

“They do not the best salary”

Riverside Health SystemRiverside Health System
Radiology Instructor
Jan 18, 2022

“Not much room to advance in career”

CUFCUF
Diagnostic Radiologist
May 16, 2022

“No bonus based on production”

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals NHSNewcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS
Interventional Neuroradiologist
Nov 3, 2021

“Good development opportunities”

Northwest PermanenteNorthwest Permanente
Radiologist
May 8, 2021

“Great team to work with.”

HCA HealthcareHCA Healthcare
Diagnostic Imaging Manager
Sep 9, 2022

“Lower pay compared to market.”

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When working as a Radiologist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Archiving, VMWare esx, Excellent Communication, BLS Certification, and SAP MDG.

The most similar professions to Radiologist are:
  • CT Technologist
  • MRI Technologist
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Applications Specialist

The most common qualifications to become a Radiologist include a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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