What does a Radiologist do?

Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.

Jobs Roles

  • Implement protocols in areas such as drugs, resuscitation, emergencies, power failures, and infection control.
  • Treat malignant internal or external growths by exposure to radiation from radiographs (x-rays), high energy sources, or natural or synthetic radioisotopes.
  • Serve as an offsite teleradiologist for facilities that do not have on-site radiologists.
  • Provide advice on types or quantities of radiology equipment needed to maintain facilities.
  • Participate in research projects involving radiology.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities including discussions of areas where risk of error is high.
  • Supervise and teach residents or medical students.
  • Schedule examinations and assign radiologic personnel.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and develop expertise.
  • Develop treatment plans for radiology patients.
  • Establish or enforce standards for protection of patients or personnel.
  • Administer radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas to render internal structures and organs visible on x-ray films or fluoroscopic screens.
  • Administer or maintain conscious sedation during and after procedures.
  • Review or transmit images and information using picture archiving or communications systems.
  • Interpret images using computer-aided detection or diagnosis systems.
  • Recognize or treat complications during and after procedures, including blood pressure problems, pain, oversedation, or bleeding.
  • Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
  • Obtain patients' histories from electronic records, patient interviews, dictated reports, or by communicating with referring clinicians.
  • Conduct physical examinations to inform decisions about appropriate procedures.
  • Confer with medical professionals regarding image-based diagnoses.
  • Instruct radiologic staff in desired techniques, positions, or projections.
  • Evaluate medical information to determine patients' risk factors, such as allergies to contrast agents, or to make decisions regarding the appropriateness of procedures.
  • Document the performance, interpretation, or outcomes of all procedures performed.
  • Develop or monitor procedures to ensure adequate quality control of images.
  • Coordinate radiological services with other medical activities.
  • Provide counseling to radiologic patients to explain the processes, risks, benefits, or alternative treatments.
  • Communicate examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.
  • Perform interventional procedures such as image-guided biopsy, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, transhepatic biliary drainage, and nephrostomy catheter placement.
  • Perform or interpret the outcomes of diagnostic imaging procedures including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology treadmill studies, mammography, or ultrasound.
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