Radiologists

Radiologist Studies MRI Result

Radiologists use images from X-rays and radioactive materials to examine and diagnose patients' diseases, injuries, and disorders. The images may be of a patient's body tissues, organs, or bones, and they allow attending physicians to know the exact nature of a patient's injury or disease, such as the location of a broken bone or the confirmation of an ulcer. They prepare reports of their findings and share the diagnostic information or results with physicians, patients, or families.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Diagnostic Radiologist, Interventional Radiologist
Duties Use X-rays and radioactive materials to create images of a patient's body tissues, organs, and bones for the purpose of medical diagnoses and therapies
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Experience Four-year residency; one- to two-year fellowship; two or more years of practical experience
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Department Head, Radiology
  • Senior Radiologist
  • Radiologist
  • Radiologist Resident

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