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Job Description

Your job is to Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.

Common job titles of Radiologists include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 67.52% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

  • 11.41% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Communicate examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.

    Confer with medical professionals regarding image-based diagnoses.

    Instruct radiologic staff in desired techniques, positions, or projections.

    Perform or interpret the outcomes of diagnostic imaging procedures including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology treadmill studies, mammography, or ultrasound.

    Develop or monitor procedures to ensure adequate quality control of images.

    Interpret images using computer-aided detection or diagnosis systems.

    Review or transmit images and information using picture archiving or communications systems.

    Coordinate radiological services with other medical activities.

    Evaluate medical information to determine patients' risk factors, such as allergies to contrast agents, or to make decisions regarding the appropriateness of procedures.

    Obtain patients' histories from electronic records, patient interviews, dictated reports, or by communicating with referring clinicians.

    Provide counseling to radiologic patients to explain the processes, risks, benefits, or alternative treatments.

    Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.

    Document the performance, interpretation, or outcomes of all procedures performed.

    Establish or enforce standards for protection of patients or personnel.

    Administer radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas to render internal structures and organs visible on x-ray films or fluoroscopic screens.

    Schedule examinations and assign radiologic personnel.

    Develop treatment plans for radiology patients.

    Administer or maintain conscious sedation during and after procedures.

    Serve as an offsite teleradiologist for facilities that do not have on-site radiologists.

    Treat malignant internal or external growths by exposure to radiation from radiographs (x-rays), high energy sources, or natural or synthetic radioisotopes.

    Perform interventional procedures such as image-guided biopsy, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, transhepatic biliary drainage, or nephrostomy catheter placement.

    Conduct physical examinations to inform decisions about appropriate procedures.

    Recognize or treat complications during and after procedures, including blood pressure problems, pain, oversedation, or bleeding.

    Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and develop expertise.

    Supervise and teach residents or medical students.

    Participate in quality improvement activities including discussions of areas where risk of error is high.

    Provide advice on types or quantities of radiology equipment needed to maintain facilities.

    Implement protocols in areas such as drugs, resuscitation, emergencies, power failures, or infection control.

    Participate in research projects involving radiology.


X ray machines

Single-photon emission computed tomography SPECT cameras

Positron emission tomography PET equipment

Patient radiation shields

Novarad NovaPacs

Medical ultrasound scanners

Medical radiation monitors

All Tools

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment

Gamma cameras

Fluoroscopic imaging systems

Computed tomography CT equipment

Bone densitometers


MEDITECH software

Advanced Data Systems MedicsRis

Allscripts PM

athenahealth athenaCollector

Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR

Avreo Radiology Workflow Solutions

Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR

All Technologies

Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR

CareCloud Central

Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management

Computer aided image analysis software

eClinicalWorks Practice Management

Email software

Epic Practice Management

Fujifilm Synapse


GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution

GE Healthcare ViewPoint for Radiology

Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE

HealthFusion MediTouch

Hosted PACS Solutions

Infinite Radiology Opal-RAD

IOS Health Systems Medios EHR

Kareo Practice Management

Maplewood Software StaffReady

McKesson Practice Plus

McKesson Radiology Manager

medQ Q/ris

Merge Healthcare Merge RIS

MIM Software MIMcardiac

MIM Software MIMfusion

MIM Software MIMneuro

Modernizing Medicine Practice Management

mPlexus DICOM RadiX

NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management

RamSoft PowerServer RIS/PACS


Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy

Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy RIS

Voice recognition software




Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Teaching others how to do something.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.

Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Flexibility of Closure

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