Your guide to become a Radiologist in Malaysia

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RM 20,000 - 21,000

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Who is a Radiologist?

A Radiologist is a medical doctor who is specialised in the use of radiation to generate images of the insides of a patient.

Radiologists are experts who are able to obtain and interpret medical images, commonly through X-rays and other medical equipment. In order to do that, they control the amount of radiation used to produce the images which will help in the diagnosis and treatment of certain diseases such as cancer. Are you always curious of how these things work? From the use of radiation to producing images of the inner part of the patient, have you ever wondered how this is done? If you are good with scienc...

Radiologists are experts who are able to obtain and interpret medical images, commonly through X-rays and other medical equipment. In order to do that, they control the amount of radiation used to produce the images which will help in the diagnosis and treatment of certain diseases such as cancer. Are you always curious of how these things work? From the use of radiation to producing images of the inner part of the patient, have you ever wondered how this is done? If you are good with science, you may want to try pursuing this career. Radiologist plays a crucial role in the healthcare industry in terms of detecting and diagnosing diseases that goes on internally. Thanks to them, similar diseases are easier to be treated and monitored to prevent it from getting worse.

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The pros and cons of being a Radiologist:

Pros

Faster than average job growth

Good earning potential

Can find work in hospitals and clinics

Cons

Education can be costly

Job can be stressful

High exposure to radiation, disease or infections

What are all the responsibilities of a Radiologist ?

Diagnose conditions with images

Guide patients to doctors who can better treat them

Work with other staff members to treat the patient

Examine the X-rays of the patient

Use suitable techniques for obtaining X-rays

Minimise exposure of radiation to your patients, staffs and yourself

Write reports based on the X-rays obtained

What skills do you need to become a Radiologist?

Observational skills

A small crack in the bone, a tiny bump on the intestine, nothing can be missed. As a Radiologist, you must be extra observant to scan for any abnormal tissues in the body or cracks on the bones of your patient. This prevents a repeat of the same test and earlier detection is always the best for your patients.

Knowledge of general medicine and surgery

Despite being a specialist in Radiology, you will need the basic knowledge of general medicine and surgery to advise your patients on their procedures or next action that they can take to treat their illnesses. You will also need to explain to them on relevant areas such as treatment, what they can do to make the condition better, consequences and so on.

Communication skills

You will be spending a lot of time talking to your patients, learning about their medical history, the risks and benefits of going through certain procedure, the type of diagnosis or treatment that they should go for including the type of doctors they should seek. In this case, you will need to convey the information in the simplest form instead of using jargons so that your patients will understand you thoroughly.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Radiologist?

What are the requirements to be a Radiologist?

Candidates must at least possess a degree in Medicine or any of the relevant degree. After completing your housemanship, usually 2 years, you will need to attend specialised training and acquire higher qualification before you can officially become a Radiologist.

What are the working hours of a Radiologist?

The working hours of a Radiologist is long and irregular. You will need to work overtime including weekends and holidays.

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