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What is a Radiologist?

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A radiologist is a medical specialist who uses medical imaging technology and equipment to diagnose and treat diseases. Originally, the medical specialty only dealt with X-rays; however, with the tremendous technological advances of the twentieth century, numerous ways to visualise the human body and diagnose disease is now possible.

Radiologists in Australia must first become a doctor by completing six years of medicine at an accredited university and gain the degree of MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery).� Following this, a doctor wishing to become a radiologist must work in the public hospital for a minimum of two years before being eligible to apply for a radiology training position.� Eligibility is decided by an interview(s), references and competence.

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of RadiologistsOnce accepted, the radiology training programme takes five years to complete.� During this time, a radiology trainee is known as a radiology registrar, works full time and is often required to be on-call.� All study is performed out of hours.� In their first year, registrars must pass an examination in medical physics and anatomy.� Once successful, registrars continue their basic radiology training, familiarising themselves with common imaging modalities (types of tests/scans) such as plain X-rays, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT (Computed Tomography), nuclear medicine, paediatric radiology, gynaecological and obstetric radiology, angiography, interventional radiology as well as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).� In their fourth year, candidates are then eligible to sit a final examination.� Success in this examination allows candidates to become Fellows of the College of Radiologists once five years have been completed.� Candidates are then entitled to the postscript FRANZCR � Fellow of the Royal Australasian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and may work unsupervised in private practice and/or the public hospital system.

Radiologists may then choose to undergo a further dedicated year or two in a particular subspecialty field of radiology, such as, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, body imaging, interventional radiology, paediatric radiology and nuclear medicine, to name a few.
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Details of the training of our principal radiologists at Melbourne Radiology Clinic, Dr George Koulouris, and Dr Tim Dickson are available on this website.

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