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Military Radiology

Discussion in 'Military Medicine' started by Primate, Nov 3, 2003.

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  1. Primate

    Primate Senior Member

    May 13, 2003
    SDN 7+ Year Member

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    Anyone know what life is like for a radiologist (already trained) in the military? Is teleradiology in use widely, or do rads deploy (for instance, is there a radiologist on a carrier, or are the images sent shoreside for analysis)? Are billets typically just at the large medical centers, or are they more widely distributed?

    Any info appreciated.

  2. R-Me-Doc

    R-Me-Doc Now an X-R-Me-Doc

    Aug 31, 2003
    SDN 10+ Year Member
    Rads in the military is like rads everywhere else: overpaid, out the door at 3:30-4:00 (unless you have a lot of admin duties), send out readings with B.S. comments like "clinical correlation is advised." :rolleyes: In fairness, however, if you are at a small facility with only a couple radiologists, you may end up getting called in at night a lot to do emergency ultrasounds and such.

    Radiologists in the Army do get deployed to places like the Gulf to staff field hospitals. Don't know about the other branches. I doubt the Navy has radiologists even on large carriers; I suspect most of their films get read by the doc-in-the-boat (most likely a surgeon, FP, or GMO). Larger military facilities are all digital at this point, but at smaller hospitals it's still film and a lightbox. Telemedicine is becoming more widely used, but again, not universally.

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