Category: Radiology Job Information

Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology, also regarded as surgical radiology is a specialty area of radiology practice that applies low levels of invasive image guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases almost in all organs of the body.

Interventional radiologists employ X-rays, ultrasound, MRI, CT, and other imaging procedures to obtain relevant images of a part of the body that has problem, and from studying the images, they could then direct minimally calculated intervention into the affected area and improve the patient’s health.

The field of interventional radiology has been one of the best innovations in modern medicine as its treatment procedure does not require making large incision unlike in traditional medicine. Procedures are done using needles and narrow tubes known as catheters.

This reduces the patient’s risk to infection, and improves their rate of recovery and therefore leaves the hospital quicker.

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The day to day interventional radiology job.

Posted on October 17, 2013

How to Become a Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic Technologist with a Patient

Radiologic Technologist with a Patient

Radiologic Technologists are also known as X-ray technicians, X-ray technologists, or radiographers. To become a radiologic technologist starts from the high school where you need to major in science subjects, including physiology, anatomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

After high school, you can take a six-month certificate program in radiography with any institution accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Certificate programs are still currently allowed; however, from 2015 they will be stopped. From then, the lowest qualification for a radiologic technologist will be associate degree from an accredited institution.

Certificate program consists of classroom and clinical training, and the courses you will take include anatomy, biology, radiation physics and protection, pathology, phlebotomy, image evaluation, and patient care.

With the completion of an associate degree, you will be eligible to take the national certification exam conducted by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Other requirements to be certified include three years of proven proficiency in several clinical procedures after obtaining an associate degree, or five years after high school diploma.

To practice as radiologic technologist, most of the states in the U.S. require you to be licensed. You will be granted license if you graduated from an accredited school and have passed the ARRT certification exam. You will be able to maintain your license by meeting continuing education requirements.

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Posted on July 8, 2013

How to Become a Radiologist

The steps you need to take to become a radiologist can be divided into three stages.

Stage 1: The Pre-medical School Program

You can become a radiologist if you are a top scoring student

Radiologist holding a film: You can become a radiologist if you are a top scoring student

Your quest to become a radiologist begins with the completion of a four year pre-medical program, which is a bachelor’s degree covering a variety of courses including mathematics, physics, biochemistry, inorganic and organic chemistry. You should ask for advice from the college or university of your choice on the best way to take a pre-medical program – many four-year colleges actually have career counselors who help students with that.

In the second year of your pre-medical school program, you will sit for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for a place in the medical school. Notice that competition for admission into medical school is very high and so you need to score highly in MCAT to be considered.

Also, you need to boost your chances of admission into medical school by coming out of the pre-medical program with academic honors; conducting medical research, and doing some volunteer work.

Stage 2: The Medical School Program

Having completed the pre-medical program and gained admission into medical school, you are on the right part to becoming a radiologist.

The medical school is a four year program in general medicine. This is not where you become a radiologist, but a step to it. Radiology is a specialist area of medicine (that’s why radiologists are also referred to as physicians), it is after medical school that you can go further to specialize in radiology.

It is important to state here again that becoming a radiologist is highly competitive; therefore, you need to excel academically in your medical school program to get a place for specialist training in residency program.

Making an excellent performance in medical school will also allow you to benefit from top scores on Steps I and II of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

In the final year of medical school, you will apply to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for admission into a four-year diagnostic radiology residency program.

Stage 3: Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

The third and final stage in the training to become a radiologist is getting admitted into a four year residency program. As a resident radiologist, you will be working under the training and supervision of qualified and experienced radiologists.

Resident radiologists work 60 hours a week on the average and spend some nights on call; and earn $42,000 to $58,000 a year.

At the completion of the program you will become a qualified diagnostic radiologist, which is the first level position for freshly qualified radiologists. You will begin from here to start gathering experience on the job and advancing your career. You can decide to further pursue a 1 to 3 year fellowship in a specialized area such as interventional radiology or neuroradiology.

Licensing and/or Certification

In addition to the educational training needed to qualify as radiologist, most employers also require radiologists to hold board certification to be given job positions.

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Posted on July 6, 2013