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Become A Diagnostic Radiologist

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Working As A Diagnostic Radiologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $69,850

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Diagnostic Radiologist does

  • Interpreted all imaging modalities and performed the majority of interventional cases.
  • General radiology, special procedures 4 LPC Radiology Dr. Joe Zacher Palmerton Hospital 135 Lafayette At
  • Assist with biopsies and needle localizations Travel to 17 states with mobile program partnered by Belk
  • Interpreted high volume of daily film screen mammograms and CXR's performed as a supplement to annual comprehensive physical exams.
  • Interpreted a variety studies including plain film, ultrasound, film screen mammography, CT and nuclear medicine.
  • Performed and interpreted fluoroscopic evaluations.
  • Provided evening and weekend emergency call.
  • Assist Radiologist when performing diagnostic fluoroscopy procedures.
  • Provided hospital emergency call on weekends and evenings.
  • Well liked by referring clinicians Skills Used Became very proficient in reading MRI
  • General radiology, special procedures Ephrata Community Hospital

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How To Become A Diagnostic Radiologist

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, need formal education, such as an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.

Education

Colleges and universities offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in sonography and in cardiovascular and vascular technology. One-year certificate programs also are available from colleges or hospitals.

Employers typically prefer graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Sonography, cardiovascular, and vascular education programs usually include courses in anatomy, medical terminology, and applied sciences. Most sonography programs are divided into the specialized fields that correspond to the relevant certification exams, such as abdominal sonography or breast sonography. Cardiovascular and vascular programs include coursework in either invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular or vascular technology procedures. In addition to classroom study, most programs also include a clinical component in which students earn credit while working under a more experienced technologist in a hospital, physician’s office, or imaging laboratory.

High school students who are interested in diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular technology, or vascular technology should take courses in anatomy, physiology, physics, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire diagnostic imaging workers with professional certification. Many insurance providers and Medicare pay for procedures only if a certified sonographer, technologist, or technician performed the work. Certification is available from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

Diagnostic imaging workers can earn certification by graduating from an accredited program and passing an exam. Most of the certifications are for specialties in diagnostic imaging; for example, a sonographer can earn a certification in abdominal sonography. Most diagnostic imaging workers have at least one certification, but many earn multiple certifications.

In addition, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have a Basic Life Support certification, which shows they are trained to provide CPR.

Few states require diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed. Professional certification is typically required for licensure; other requirements vary by state. Contact state medical boards for more information.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Diagnostic imaging workers must follow precise instructions to obtain the images needed to diagnose and treat patients. They must also pay attention to the screen while scanning a patient’s body because the cues that contrast healthy areas with unhealthy ones may be subtle.

Hand-eye coordination. To get quality images, diagnostic imaging workers must be able to accurately move equipment on the patient’s body in response to what they see on the screen.

Interpersonal skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must work closely with patients. Sometimes patients are in extreme pain or mental stress, and they must get cooperation from the patient to create usable images.

Physical stamina. Diagnostic imaging workers are on their feet for long periods and must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must understand how to operate complex machinery and computerized instruments.

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Real Diagnostic Radiologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Diagnostic Radiologist Columbia Basin Imaging, P.C. Richland, WA Mar 14, 2016 $400,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY Jul 01, 2012 $391,313
Diagnostic Radiologist Radiology Associates of The Main Line, PC Bryn Mawr, PA Jul 11, 2009 $365,225
Diagnostic Radiologist Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Dec 01, 2009 $364,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY Sep 26, 2015 $363,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY Jul 21, 2015 $330,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY D.B.A. GUAM Radiology Consultants Apr 15, 2016 $330,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY Jul 20, 2014 $330,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY Dec 31, 2014 $300,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY Mar 10, 2014 $300,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY Jun 01, 2014 $300,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY Jul 21, 2014 $300,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY Oct 01, 2012 $300,000
Diagnostic Radiologist GUAM XRAY Nov 30, 2012 $300,000
Diagnostic Radiologist M.R. Ramakrishnan, PC Big Stone Gap, VA Jul 01, 2011 $300,000
Diagnostic Radiologist Radiology Associates of The Main Line, PC Bryn Mawr, PA Sep 18, 2010 $300,000
Diagnostic Radiologist Radiology Associates of The Main Line, PC Paoli, PA Sep 18, 2010 $300,000
Diagnostic Radiologist Spectrum Pinnacle Consultants MGMT Srvcs-Ma, LLC Methuen Town, MA Aug 20, 2009 $300,000

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Top Skills for A Diagnostic Radiologist

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Top Diagnostic Radiologist Skills

  1. Diagnostic Radiology Interpretation
  2. General Ultrasound
  3. General Radiology Practice
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • General radiology practice, special procedures Carlisle Hospital Center
  • Well liked by referring clinicians Skills Used Became very proficient in reading MRI
  • Interpreted a variety studies including plain film, ultrasound, film screen mammography, CT and nuclear medicine.
  • Interpreted high volume of daily film screen mammograms and CXR's performed as a supplement to annual comprehensive physical exams.
  • Assist Radiologist when performing diagnostic fluoroscopy procedures.

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