According to Statista as in August of 2019, there were at least 10 different types of radiologist specializations. Most Importantly, there were 47,828 Radiologists registered in the USA, and this number will keep growing due to the high demand for this type of specialist.
That’s why here we listed the different Radiology subspecialties, so you can have an idea of what each of them does.
Let’s do a brief review of what is the path to become a Radiologist: After you complete your medical school and 4 years of residence, you will have to complete a one or two years fellowship and you will have to choose a particular subspecialty, the step by step is more detailed here:
- Complete a bachelor’s degree;
- Graduate from a medical school;
- Complete an internship;
- Pass a state licensing exam;
- Complete a residency program in radiology;
- Pass additional exams to become board certified; and
- Complete an optional specialization fellowship.
According to the Medical College of Radiology, there are 9 subspecialties in Radiology, we will explain those but we know there could be more.
Breast imaging (mammograms)
This type of radiologist specializes in screening and diagnostic mammograms. Moreover, the first type of mammogram is to detect if there is any indicator of breast cancer, and the second one to evaluate patients that had abnormal screenings.
Cardiovascular radiology (heart and circulatory system)
Cardiovascular radiologists are doctors who use imaging techniques to diagnose heart and blood vessel (vascular) disease.
Chest radiology (heart and lungs)
Chest Radiologist are doctors that produce pictures of the inside of the chest. They check the lungs, heart and chest wall and try to diagnoses diseases or injuries related to the chest.
Emergency diagnostic radiologists are an integral part of a hospital’s emergency team and are directly involved in helping diagnose trauma patients.
Gastrointestinal radiology (stomach, intestines, and abdomen)
This type of radiologist provides standard examinations for contrast evaluation of the stomach, intestines, and abdomen, also, advanced examinations for swallowing disorders and incontinence.
Genitourinary radiology (reproductive and urinary systems)
This radiologist performs the standard contrast examination of the reproductive organs and the urinary system.
Head and neck radiology
This type of radiologist performs diagnostic imaging and diagnosis of diseases of the head and neck.
Neuroradiology (brain and nervous system; head, neck, and spine)
The radiology subspecialty that diagnostic imaging and diagnosis of the brain and nervous system, head, neck, and spine.
Pediatric radiology (imaging of children)
The radiology subspecialty that diagnostic imaging and diagnosis of diseases of children.
Certainly, there you can choose from a wide set of options. All these specialties are available in New York in different institutions. Luckily for you, most of the fellowships are paid, each fellow receives between 50 and 70K depending on the institution.
According to Merrit Hawkins report the range between 309,000 being the lowest to 600,000 being the highest, in addition, radiologist is ranked as the 5th most required specialties in the USA.
Regardless of the location, specialty or experience level, most radiologists make at least a six-figure income each year. It’s a lucrative field, but it does require quite a bit of training before you can start making such a large salary.
As you can see, becoming a radiologist would require a lot of training and discipline, but in the end, personal satisfaction is the most rewarding thing you can obtain from this righteous career.
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