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Radiologists use several types of radiologic imaging technology to diagnose patients. These include X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds and nuclear imaging. In many cases, radiologists don't have direct contact with patients. Instead, radiologic technologists perform procedures to obtain images, and the radiologist later examines these images. Many radiologists specialize in a certain area of the field, such as pediatric, nuclear or interventional radiology. Not only do radiologists diagnose disease, but they also treat disease with radiation or image-guided surgery

About 30,000 radiologists work in the United States. Also, about 20 percent of radiologists are women and about 80 percent are men. 1.2 percent of all physicians specialize in the field of radiology. -A radiologist must complete numerous years of specialized training in order to become certified in the field. -Radiology employment is projected to increase by 18% from 2012-2022. This job growth is a result of the aging baby-boomer generation who will need specialists to provide care.

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First, aspiring radiologists must complete four years of undergraduate premedical training, followed by four years of medical school. Then, a specialization as a diagnostic radiologist requires another four years of education specific to radiology, as well as a one-year clinical residency.Following that, certification in any one of several radiologic subspecialties typically requires another one to two years of education. It usually takes five years to complete residency. After this established time, you must write an exam in order to become certified as a radiologist.







Radiologists are usually employed full-time and work five days out of the week. Their hours are usually 40 to 50 hours per week. This number will vary depending on experience and location.Radiologists who work in hospitals may need to work evenings and weekend shifts in order to meet the needs of patients and may have to cover other doctors. Most radiologists receive benefits such as pension plans, dental coverage and life insurance.

Radiologists earned an average income of $349,000. Sixteen percent of radiologists reported very high annual incomes of $500,000 or more, while the bulk -- 62 percent -- made between $250,000 and $500,000 per year.

Lucas Mammone


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