Compared to other doctors?
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I'm an x-ray tech student and Radiologist make more than those figures. They have to read tons of films whether they be ct scans, mri's, xray films, nuclear medicine. Plus they also do procedures and inserting catheters for fluoroscopy. When I'm in their reading room, just listening to them record their diagnoses on a tape recorder is amazing, it doesn't even sound like english
11-02-2008, 11:01 AM #21
because most people who go to med school don't want to do that job because its very repetative......sitting in a room reading chart after chart would get annoying very fast...
Also visual speed is not an ability that everyone has, the requirement for the specility is very harsh and many can't make the cut even if their grades are flawless.
Personally, I'd rather go into disease/pathology, or cardio.
11-02-2008, 11:03 AM #22
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Not really that strong of a wtf. If you consider people are payed millions upon millions of dollars a year to play a sport like baseball, hockey, football etc (which most people pay money to play) and then there's doctors that will be on call 24/7 for a week and go several days without sleeping while saving peoples lives.. I think maybe we should pay them more.
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i think in general the procedures are easy its just image reading that is so balls. I could imagine it being not to hard once you get it done but it does get very repetitive and working up to 11 hour shifts a day and being on call alot can also suck
theres a huge shortage here in aus does anyone know why? i thought that radiology would be one of the easier specialties to get into
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12-16-2008, 03:36 AM #27
a radiologist here
I feel I'm at some risk here posting, but here goes (donning armored suit)
That number is an average, and close to other averages I read. For our group, it is low.
That said, some of the comments above are on target, some not.
The training is generally (after college) four years of med school, 1 year of internship, 4 years of residency, and 1-2 years of fellowship (almost a requirement now). The residencies are very hard to get into, and if you are not in the top 5% of your med school class, it is even more difficult.
To some, what we do may seem easy, but the breadth of knowledge we need to have is pretty intimidating, and it is a real stretch trying to keep up.
As in any job, there are the simple, boring things, and then there are the complex, interesting things. I read anywhere from 40 cases to 120 cases per day. Our specialty now has various subspecialties. There are those who do neurointervention, shooting glue and coils up into the brain to shut off bleeds, for example. Recently, they have the capability of getting a special catheter up into the brain to pull out a clot that is causing a stroke. VERY high risk work, VERY time consuming, and anxiety provoking.
The day can be very hectic, with up to four items at a time demanding your immediate attention. IT is a real challenge not to miss anything with so many distractions
Muskuloskeletal MRI, which you guys may be familiar with, is read by people in radiology with 2 years of extra training in this. Most Orthopods can read MR somewhat, seeing the easy usual stuff with good accuracy, but they always rely on us for the final stuff. THat orthopod pointing to the football players injury on the MR in the monday morning press conference? He has always read the report or talked to the radiologist. That is the radiologists report you are hearing. Some hospitals have hired our group to read simply because the orthopods demand us.
THen there is the breast work. Ninety five percent of all breast biopsies are done by radiologists now. The reading of the mammograms and ultrasounds which are the basis of all early breast cancer detection is always read by us, and it is difficult. BTW - there is a great shortage of rads who do this because of malpractice fears, it is the most litigious area we work in.
We do work some of our people on 12 hour through the night shifts (They volunteer for this. Really.)
I would also say that many people in business who I meet do better than I do, but they are not identified as a class (radiologists) publicly, nor are their average salaries posted online. Suffice to say that I make well less than many of my friends in business.
Also, I make a good deal more than my friends in primary care. This is purely a result of funding decisions made by the government about 15 years ago. This was really stupid. We now have a great shortage of primary care physicians. They are paid way too little for the stress they have to endure. Also, if you are feeling like your doctor doesn't spend enough time with you, this is the reason. If they don't average 15 minutes a patient or better, they can go bankrupt.
In summary, I do make a good living, but it does come with its downsides. I do it because I am a gearhead at heart (love messing with the MR machines, particularly when I get a killer good picture out), I get a chance to make a big difference in many peoples lives every day, and I get a chance to learn about all different areas of medicine.
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i am a radiology technologist and if i were to choose i wouldnt want to be a radiologist all what the radiologist do at my work is sit in a dark room and read films all days fukcen boring if u ask me. The only time i ever hear from them is when my films dont come out to good he calls me on the phone juss to talk **** haha.
12-16-2008, 03:43 AM #29