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A Career in Radiology

Radiology offers one of the most exciting career pathways options with opportunities to super-specialise or alternatively remain one of the few general clinicians in your hospital.

The recent explosion in computer technology has fuelled a massive expansion in imaging technology and interventional techniques. This has transformed this as a speciality in that imaging is now central to most patient’s management and is integral to reducing hospital stays, operations and unnecessary interventions.

So great is the demand for imaging that this is currently one of the best specialties for career progression upon completion of training.

What does it take to become a radiologist?

Most trainees join a Training Scheme after their FY2 year although a longer training span prior to application is looked upon favourably.

The specialist training typically takes 5 years. This is split into 3 sections:

The first year concentrates upon anatomy, physics and radiation protection. For the next two years the trainee goes through a chequerboard during which they are expected to cover all of the core medical specialities. During their final two years the trainee is expected to develop their chosen specialist skills.

Progress is by monitored by continual assessment as well as by Royal College of Radiology Fellowship examinations.


Dr Nick Spencer gives an overview of radiology