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Career data updated last on 10/8/2014
Radiologist Radiologists are physicians who specialize in the use of x-rays, radioactive materials and other imaging procedures to diagnose diseases. They conduct examinations and use procedures to provide the most complete information with the least radiation exposure to the patient. These include computerized tomography (CT), nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultra-sonography. A radiologist primarily sees patients or examines x-rays and other images on referral from other physicians.
Salary $180.29 hourly- $375,000 annually
Significant Points
Specializations Diagnostic imaging (using imaging to diagnose injury and disease).
Work Environment Radiologists generally work as the medical leaders of radiology departments in hospitals and in medical schools and as part of private radiology practices. Often they supervise other personnel trained in radiologic techniques. While the field of radiology involves risk from radiological equipment and nuclear isotopes, strict safety standards protect both the radiologist and the patient from unnecessary exposure.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including biology and chemistry, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
Academic Requirements A radiologist is required to complete college and four years of medical school. After the M.D. degree is earned, at least five additional years of training in radiology are necessary before the individual is eligible to take the examinations (written and oral) from the American Board of Radiology. College students preparing for medical school should take either a pre-med track or include substantial course work in mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry and physics). See the "Physician" career for more information.


Colorado State University
Doctoral Degree Doctoral
Masters Degree Master's
University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
Doctoral Degree Doctoral

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