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Radiologists - 29-1069.10

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Attending Radiologist
  • Diagnostic Radiologist
  • Interventional Neuroradiologist
  • Interventional Radiologist
  • Neuroradiologist
  • Physician
  • Radiologist
  • Radiologist, Chief of Breast Imaging
  • Radiology Resident
  • Staff Radiologist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Administer cancer treatments.
  • Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
  • Communicate test or assessment results to medical professionals.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Determine protocols for medical procedures.
  • Develop healthcare quality and safety procedures.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Gather medical information from patient histories.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Schedule medical facility use.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Treat medical emergencies.
  • Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Diagnostic Radiologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Body Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Cardiothoracic Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Musculoskeletal (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Neuroradiology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Pediatric (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Special Procedures (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Women s Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Radiation Oncologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Radiologist (Diagnostic) (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Radiologist (Diagnostic) (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Radiologist (Therapeutic) (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Radiologist (Therapeutic) (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Radiotherapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Radiologist