OFO No: 221209
Other names for Radiologist:
- Diagnostic Radiologist
- Medical Imagining Specialist
- Nuclear Medicine Specialist
- Radiation Oncologist
What is a Radiologist?
A Radiologist is a specialised medical doctor who analyses and interprets medical images like:
- CT scans
- 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 . . . ?
- interested in the medical industry?
- 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.
- CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
- Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
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Is becoming a Radiologist the right career choice for me?