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Radiologists
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 2,202

Projected Annual Job Openings: 60

Typical Hourly Wage: $26.27 - $80+

Typical Annual Salary: $54,600 - $166,400+

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Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Internship/residency

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typical job duties

  • Obtain patients' histories from electronic records, patient interviews, dictated reports, or by communicating with referring clinicians.
  • 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.
  • Review or transmit images and information using picture archiving or communications systems.
  • Communicate examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.
  • Evaluate medical information to determine patients' risk factors, such as allergies to contrast agents, or to make decisions regarding the appropriateness of procedures.
  • Perform interventional procedures such as image-guided biopsy, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, transhepatic biliary drainage, and nephrostomy catheter placement.
  • Provide counseling to radiologic patients to explain the processes, risks, benefits, or alternative treatments.
  • Administer or maintain conscious sedation during and after procedures.
  • Instruct radiologic staff in desired techniques, positions, or projections.

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