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Radiologist - Diagnostic

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At a Glance... header image

A fully qualified medical doctor who examines and diagnoses disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials, and may also treat patients.


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The Work header image

Radiology is defined as the specialty encompassing all aspects of medical imaging that yields information regarding anatomical, physiological and pathological status of disease. It includes those interventional techniques necessary for diagnosis, as well as minimally invasive therapy, which fall under the remit of departments of clinical radiology.

The specialty of diagnostic imaging has probably been one of the most rapidly expanding specialties in recent years and now offers a variety of work which can accommodate the aspirations of many doctors. Radiology acts as a significant aid in the diagnosis, management and continuing follow up of many patients from almost all medical specialties.

In addition to the widespread clinical involvement, there are the additional benefits of working within single radiological departments and the association with many levels of staff necessary in making that department function coherently.

Every radiological investigation is a diagnostic challenge, which might require very simple investigative techniques, or procedures, which are extremely complicated, but nevertheless, the interpretation of any image requires a medical and intellectual challenge. The potential of ultrasound, CT and more particularly MR, is yet to be developed and therefore these challenges remain. Widely varying technical skill can be accommodated. Radiologists are now intimately involved in clinical teams besides being responsible for the management of the imaging departments.

A regular on-call commitment is required which varies in intensity, depending on the hospital or sub-specialty in which the radiologists are involved. Differing levels of management involvement can be entered into as with other specialties. Private practice opportunities are usually good.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Obtain patients' histories from electronic records, patient interviews, dictated reports, or by communicating with referring clinicians.

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Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.

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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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Review or transmit images and information using picture archiving or communications systems.

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Communicate examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.

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Evaluate medical information to determine patients' risk factors, such as allergies to contrast agents, or to make decisions regarding the appropriateness of procedures.

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Provide counseling to radiologic patients to explain the processes, risks, benefits, or alternative treatments.

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Instruct radiologic staff in desired techniques, positions, or projections.

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Confer with medical professionals regarding image-based diagnoses.

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Coordinate radiological services with other medical activities.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others: Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Physics: Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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  • Ability to work in an atmosphere of a common and unified approach to the provision of diagnostic services
  • Some degree of technical expertise
  • A limited number of procedures require high manual dexterity


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Radiologists are qualified medical doctors who have undertaken and successfully completed five years of Specialist post-graduate Training (CCST).

The Faculty of Radiologists of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is the statutory body responsible for training of Radiologists and for certifying their competence for registration.

Last Updated: March, 2015


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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
Tel: 01 635 2000
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Organisation: Irish Medical Council
Address: Kingram House, Kingram Place, Dublin, 2
Tel: (01) 498 3100
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Organisation: Faculty of Radiologists, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
Address: 123, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 402 2139
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