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Radiologists - 29-1224.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose and treat diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques, such as x rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, and ultrasounds. May perform minimally invasive medical procedures and tests.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Diagnostic Radiologist
  • Interventional Neuroradiologist
  • Interventional Radiologist
  • Neuroradiologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Physician
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialist
  • Physician
  • Radiologist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

No information available.

Tasks

  • Administer radioisotopes to clinical patients or research subjects.
  • Advise other physicians of the clinical indications, limitations, assessments, or risks of diagnostic and therapeutic applications of radioactive materials.
  • Calculate, measure, or prepare radioisotope dosages.
  • Check and approve the quality of diagnostic images before patients are discharged.
  • Communicate examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.
  • Compare nuclear medicine procedures with other types of procedures, such as computed tomography, ultrasonography, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and angiography.
  • 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.
  • Direct nuclear medicine technologists or technicians regarding desired dosages, techniques, positions, and projections.
  • Document the performance, interpretation, or outcomes of all procedures performed.
  • Establish and enforce radiation protection standards for patients and staff.
  • Establish or enforce standards for protection of patients or personnel.
  • Formulate plans and procedures for nuclear medicine departments.
  • Instruct radiologic staff in desired techniques, positions, or projections.
  • Monitor handling of radioactive materials to ensure that established procedures are followed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prescribe radionuclides and dosages to be administered to individual patients.
  • 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.
  • Review procedure requests and patients' medical histories to determine applicability of procedures and radioisotopes to be used.
  • Teach nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, or other specialties at graduate educational level.
  • Test dosage evaluation instruments and survey meters to ensure they are operating properly.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
  • Check quality of diagnostic images.
  • 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.
  • Determine protocols for medical procedures.
  • Develop healthcare quality and safety procedures.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Evaluate treatment options to guide medical decisions.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • 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.
  • Manage healthcare operations.
  • Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments.
  • Monitor the handling of hazardous materials or medical wastes.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Send information, materials or documentation.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Verify accuracy of patient information.
  • Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced X-ray Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • 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)
  • Mammography Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Nuclear Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialist (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (Navy - 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)
  • Radiology Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radiotherapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ultrasound Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Chief Technologist, Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiologist