Radiologist Assistant


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Apr 25, 2013
    What are your thoughts on this? I wanted to know the thoughts of the radiologists about this on this forum.

    Hows the job outlook?
    Hows the job prospect?

    And for the attendings: are yall currently looking for rad assistants?

    just trying to get a feel of this field.



    Delightfully Tacky
    15+ Year Member
    Dec 9, 2004
    By the guy with the thing at the place
    1. Attending Physician
      None of the practices I'm familiar with utilize radiology assistants. I knew one at an academic center, but I was a student so it was difficult for me to judge her usefulness.

      My understanding is that this is a skill set still looking for a niche. Because of the training pathway, RAs aren't that useful for interventionalists because they can't prescribe medications, etc., and straightforward procedures can easily be taught to a dedicated technologist without RA training. I'm not sure to what degree RAs are useful for providing preliminary reads for the radiologist, but I'd love to hear others' experiences.

      You may find more answers on a different forum, maybe Aunt Minnie. SDN is largely for physicians and physicians in training. Good luck.


      Full Member
      Dec 9, 2011
        Radiology PAs are relatively common and help mostly with light procedures and in some groups they do flouro. Technologists help with some other areas, esp in something like US or protocols.

        I have not heard of any group who has a radiology assistant.
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        Paul Revere of Medicine
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        Jul 27, 2004
        1. Attending Physician
          If the radiologist assistant is hired by a department, it tends to be because of the person and not necessarily the degree. If the same person was a PA or NP (most prefer PA), most departments wouldn't care and would still hire the person. I don't know why anyone would become an RA. Becoming a PA gives you much more flexibility.
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