Radiologist Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Radiologist, or a Radiographer is a fully licensed medical Doctor who is responsible for diagnosing patients using medical imaging procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-rays and ultrasound. Their primary duties include analysing the image scans, writing reports and referring patients to Medical Specialists.

 

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What does a Radiologist do?

Radiologists are Medical Specialists or Physicians who obtain and interpret medical images. Images may be obtained with nuclear medicine (involving radioactive substances), ultrasound, magnetism (MRI) or x-rays (radiographs or CT scans). Radiologists conduct medical imaging in addition to the conventional tasks of assessing patients, diagnosing illness, obtaining medical history and prescribing treatment. Because radiology is used alongside most medical specialities, a Radiologist has an in-depth understanding of the components of human health and physical anatomy. 

 

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Example 1

Bank Administrator | Radiology, Imaging | Parkway Hospital, Solihull | Flexible working We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Administrator to join our Staffing Bank. This role will support our Radiology and Imaging teams located in our Parkway Hospital in Solihull. Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, West Midlands offers a comprehensive range of private hospital services. Our hospital is rated Good by the CQC for all parts of the inspection except for Patient Care, which is rated Outstanding. The report states, “Staff treated patients with compassion and kindness, respected their privacy and dignity, took account of their individual needs, and helped them understand their conditions. They provided emotional support to patients, families and carers.� Duties and responsibilities Meeting and greeting patients and making them feel welcome and comfortable in the department Administrative duties such as booking in patients for their scans, billing insurers, operating the [website] portal Delivering exceptional customer service to our patients Liaising with other departments such as surgical, outpatients etc. Who we're looking for Experience in a customer facing position Strong IT and telephone conversation skills Previous experience in an administrative role is highly desired but not essential. Previous experience within private healthcare is desirable but not essential. Have good communication skills Benefits Bank colleagues are paid weekly We offer competitive rates to our bank colleagues who work on a flexible basis, often to cover busy periods, sickness, or annual leave Access to Spire Healthcare pension Free uniform Free DBS Full induction, including mandatory training updates Opportunities for further training and progression into permanent posts Knowledge, support and guidance through your recruitment journey from Spire's specialist Resourcing Team We commit to our employees well-being through work life balance, on-going development, support and reward. Spire Healthcare is a leading independent hospital group in the United Kingdom and the largest in terms of revenue. From 39 hospitals and 8 clinics across England, Wales and Scotland, Spire Healthcare provides diagnostics, inpatient, day case and outpatient care. For further information about this role or for an informal conversation about the range of career options available with Spire please contact Courtney Williams at For us, it's more than just treating patients; it's about looking after people. Closing date: In order to streamline our recruitment process, we reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once we have received a sufficient number of applications About Us: Welcome to Spire Healthcare Careers - Here at Spire Healthcare, caring is our passion. We have been putting patients at the heart of everything we do for over 25 years. Everything we do works towards one vision; to provide the best care possible. We’re committed to looking after people, both patients and staff. Join us, and you’ll receive a warm welcome. Who are we? - A profitable, successful business led by an experienced and stable senior management team, we provide the highest quality of care through the latest medical technology, new facilities, and a focus on inspiring leadership and employee development. About the Team: At Spire Parkway Hospital, we're a leading provider of private hospital treatments for our patients across the Midlands and beyond. We offer specialised and personalised healthcare through fast access to consultations with specialists in a wide range of treatments, supported by advanced imaging and diagnostic technology.

Example 2

Bank Radiographer/Mammographer| Imaging | Parkway Hospital, Solihull | Flexible working We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced General Radiographer or a Mammographer to join our Staffing Bank. This role will support our Radiology and Imaging teams located in our Parkway Hospital in Solihull. Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, West Midlands offers a comprehensive range of private hospital services. Our hospital is rated Good by the CQC for all parts of the inspection except for Patient Care, which is rated Outstanding. The report states, “Staff treated patients with compassion and kindness, respected their privacy and dignity, took account of their individual needs, and helped them understand their conditions. They provided emotional support to patients, families and carers.� Duties and responsibilities Providing highly skilled and specialised imaging for patients and to make informed decisions on the diagnostic imaging required Communicate appropriately with others involved in the care of the patient Ensure that Spire radiology procedures are implemented and maintained Who we're looking for If you are interested in joining us as a Bank Radiographer or as a Bank Mammographer, you will hold a Diploma or Degree in Radiography/Mammographer and be registered with the HCPC. We will consider applications from both experienced and newly qualified candidates. You will need to possess strong communication skills and have a good standard of IT. Previous experience within private healthcare is desirable but not essential. Have good communication skills Benefits Bank colleagues are paid weekly We offer competitive rates to our bank colleagues who work on a flexible basis, often to cover busy periods, sickness, or annual leave Access to Spire Healthcare pension Free uniform Free DBS Full induction, including mandatory training updates Opportunities for further training and progression into permanent posts Knowledge, support and guidance through your recruitment journey from Spire's specialist Resourcing Team We commit to our employees well-being through work life balance, on-going development, support and reward. Spire Healthcare is a leading independent hospital group in the United Kingdom and the largest in terms of revenue. From 39 hospitals and 8 clinics across England, Wales and Scotland, Spire Healthcare provides diagnostics, inpatient, day case and outpatient care. For further information about this role or for an informal conversation about the range of career options available with Spire please contact Courtney Williams at For us, it's more than just treating patients; it's about looking after people. Closing date: In order to streamline our recruitment process, we reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once we have received a sufficient number of applications About Us: Welcome to Spire Healthcare Careers - Here at Spire Healthcare, caring is our passion. We have been putting patients at the heart of everything we do for over 25 years. Everything we do works towards one vision; to provide the best care possible. We’re committed to looking after people, both patients and staff. Join us, and you’ll receive a warm welcome. Who are we? - A profitable, successful business led by an experienced and stable senior management team, we provide the highest quality of care through the latest medical technology, new facilities, and a focus on inspiring leadership and employee development. About the Team: At Spire Parkway Hospital, we're a leading provider of private hospital treatments for our patients across the Midlands and beyond. We offer specialised and personalised healthcare through fast access to consultations with specialists in a wide range of treatments, supported by advanced imaging and diagnostic technology.

Example 3

ROYAL DEVON AND Exeter NHS Foundation TRUST Consultant Ingeneral CROSS-Sectional Radiology Closing Date - 16th July 2021 We are looking for an outstanding radiologist to join our friendly team of 23 consultant radiologists (21.25 wte), comprising 16 general, 4 musculoskeletal and 3 interventional radiologists. The successful applicant will provide a full range of general radiology including CT, MRI, plain film and ultrasound. Fluoroscopy and non-vascular intervention sessions are potentially available. Participation in team meetings is also expected. We would welcome applicants with sub-speciality interests particularly in thoracic and uroradiology. The postholder will be part of the registrar supported on-call for general radiology (currently 1 in 10.5). The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides Acute and Community services across Exeter and East Devon serving a population of more than 450,000 people. In our latest CQC full inspection of our services, the RD&E received an overall rating of “good”. We were rated as “outstanding” for our Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trust wide. There are strong links with the Exeter University Medical School affording exciting opportunities to participate in both undergraduate teaching and research. The Trust has a strong track record of providing excellent patient care, financial delivery and staff satisfaction in the region and has recently implemented a comprehensive Electronic Patient Record (EPR). The Radiology Department is ISAS/QSI accredited and is a training department hosting up to 9 radiology registrars from the Peninsula Radiology Academy. Exeter is a vibrant and welcoming Cathedral city. It has a highly rated University, excellent schools and an abundance of family amenities. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to Dartmoor and Exmoor, the surrounding countryside and the coast of Devon and Cornwall, promoting a lively outdoor lifestyle. The city is well served by rail, road and air links. Applicants must be registered medical practitioners and either be on the Specialist Register, or be within 6 months of completion of specialist training at the date of interview; you should provide evidence of this with your application. When applying please include the contact details of a minimum of 3 referees which should cover the last 3 years of employment; if you are a Consultant one referee should be your current or most recent Medical Director, if you are a Locum Consultant one referee should be your Clinical Director. Additionally the Trust will need to contact your current Trust’s Responsible Officer in accordance with GMC Revalidation requirements so please also provide appropriate contact details of this individual. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Andrew Redfern, Radiology Clinical Director, 01392 402335.

Radiologist duties and responsibilities

Radiologists diagnose a wide range of medical conditions, from fractures to heart diseases and cancers. Their general duties and responsibilities include:

  • Performing diagnostic imaging procedures to diagnose illness or injuries
  • Preparing the patient’s diagnostic, treatment and care activity report
  • Evaluating a patient’s medical history to determine a suitable diagnostic technique to be used
  • Interpreting reports raised from diagnostic tests to determine the underlying health condition
  • Counselling patients and educating them on procedures, consequences and alternative treatments
  • Administering anaesthetics during and after radiology procedures
  • Setting up and maintaining the radiology equipment
  • Conferring with other Physicians  and Medical Specialists on test results

 

Radiologist skills and qualifications

A successful Radiologist candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications to perform their duties effectively, these include:

  • In-depth knowledge of the human anatomy for correct imaging target
  • Ability to perform imaging and radiation therapy techniques
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent knowledge of general medicine and surgery
  • Ability to perform preventive maintenance and inspections of radiology equipment
  • Knowledgeable in imaging best practices and safety measures
  • Ability to create and interpret radiological reports and test records

 

Radiologist experience requirements

A prospective Radiologist must have at least three years of experience in general radiology, MRI, CT, ultrasound and interventional procedures. Experience with multi-modality imaging projects, imaging software and mechanical aptitude is essential too. Previous work experience as an Interventional Radiologist or Medical Radiologist in an outpatient or inpatient facility is essential. 

 

Radiologist education and training requirement

A successful Radiologist must have a bachelor’s degree in medicine or diagnostic radiology from an accredited university and a Doctor of Osteopathy or a Doctor of Medicine degree. Candidates must also have technological and social knowledge to work with a healthcare team. The applicant must have completed a radiology residence of at least four years covering sub-specialities of radiology. 

Most employers prefer Radiologists who have completed abdominal imaging fellowships or MR fellowships and training in probing procedures. Operational safety procedures and imaging technologies keep changing, so Radiologists need to undergo training to stay relevant in the workplace.

 

Radiologist salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Radiologist is £75,966 per year in the UK. Exact salary can depend on the applicant’s level of education, the degree of experience required and the location of the job.

 

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Radiologist job description FAQs

 

What are the different types of Radiologists?

Radiologists can specialise in either radiation oncology, vascular and interventional radiology or diagnostic radiology. They can also become certified in a range of sub-specialities, such as neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, nuclear medicine radiology, thoracic radiology and musculoskeletal imaging radiology. 

For example, Radiation Oncologists are trained in the use of radiation therapy to eliminate or reduce the symptoms of cancer and treat benign or malignant diseases. An Interventional and Vascular Radiologist can diagnose and treat malignant and benign conditions of the thorax, pelvis and abdomen using imaging and image-guided procedures that are minimally invasive. 

 

What is the difference between a Radiologist and a Radiologic Technologist?

Both Radiology Technologists and Radiologists work in a hospital or clinical setting and are both healthcare professionals. Radiologists are Physicians who interpret diagnostic tests and prescribe a treatment for patients. Radiologic Technologists perform the imaging tests on patients and hand the results over to the Radiologists for interpretation. 

 

What qualities make a good Radiologist?

Radiologists have distinct qualities. They’re usually investigative people, which means they are inquisitive, introspective and intellectual. They’re logical, analytical, rational, methodical and curious. They can also be practical, genuine, persistent, stable and independent, which is important for patient interactions. 

 

Who does a Radiologist report to?

A Radiologist reports to a Senior Radiologist or a Resident Doctor in a large hospital. In a smaller healthcare facility like a diagnostic radiology centre, they report to the owners who are likely to be experienced Radiologists or former Medical Practitioners.

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