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Other names for Radiologist:

  • Diagnostic Radiologist
  • Medical Imagining Specialist
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Sonologist


What is a Radiologist?

A Radiologist is a specialised medical doctor who analyses and interprets medical images like:

  • MRI’s
  • CT scans
  • Ultrasounds
  • X-rays etc

Even though the Radiographer takes the images, the Radiologist still needs to know and understand how to operate all the equipment.

A Radiologist is also permitted to administer radioactive tracers into the patient’s body so that certain areas of the body show up in the images: eg blood system or nervous system etc. This is called ‘nuclear medicine’.

What does a Radiologist do?

  • reads and interprets the images taken from:


computer tomography etc

  • diagnoses and what is wrong with patient
  • discusses diagnosis with the medical team to determine treatment
  • keeps up to date records

Are you . . . ?

  • intelligent?
  • interested in the medical industry?
  • patient?
  • analytical?
  • observant?
  • a person with an eye for detail?
  • thorough and systematic?
  • a team player

How do I become a Radiologist?


Become a Medical Doctor: CLICK HERE

Complete a Masters in Medicine (Radiology)

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of KZN
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Free State
  • University of the Witwatersrand

Designation: Only once you have registered with the HPCSA may you use the title Radiologist.


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Dentist or Biomedical Engineer

Is becoming a Radiologist the right career choice for me?