I think that increased imaging utilization is one of the strongest factors, and it still has enormous growth potential. The field is not likely to become saturated soon.f_w said:Lets see:
- imaging utilization is rising
- productivity gains through PACS and teleradiology are finite
- supply of incoming radiologists has yet to reach the level pre 1994
- age distribution of practicing radiologists will lead to a stable level of retirements
The only factor working the other direction:
- increase of self-referred clinician imaging.
I don't see a reason why the market should saturate.
There might be further cuts in imaging reimbursement on the horizon, but for the labor market I am not worried. It won't be as crazy as it was 2-3 years ago, but good jobs will be out there.