What's it like to be a Radiologist?
Radiologists are healthcare professionals who operate and interpret a range of diagnostic imagery technologies, including x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs and CT scans. There are three main types of Radiologists: Diagnostic Radiologists, Interventional Radiologists and Therapeutic Radiologists/Radiation Oncologists. Radiologists can advise other medical professionals on patient treatment strategies. They deal directly with patients, and in some cases may perform other related procedures, such as biopsies. Radiologists can work in hospitals or smaller clinics, and may be required to be on call at night and on weekends.
Tasks and duties
- Identifying the right medical imaging technique for each client.
- Interpreting medical images in order to make a diagnosis.
- Reporting the results of tests to doctors and other medical professionals.
- Using x-ray, MRI or ultrasound images during medical procedures.
To become a Radiologist you’ll need a degree in medicine and further specialist training.
Complete a five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree at an accredited university.
Gain two years of work experience as a supervised junior doctor in a hospital.
Complete another five to six years of training as a registrar (a mid-level doctor). This includes specialist on-the-job training and examinations.
Pass the exams to become a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.