What does a clinical radiologist do?

Radiologist investigates chest X-rays

A clinical radiologist is a specialist doctor who uses their expert training in imaging to detect and diagnose disease and injury in patients who have been referred for scans or are being scanned in an emergency. 

In addition to reading scans, radiologists also run patient clinics, take biopsy samples and prepare patients for surgery, as well as using real-time imaging to perform minimally invasive surgery, called interventional radiology. 

Many radiologists tend to specialise in a particular area of radiology, becoming experts in musculoskeletal, breast, cardiac, paediatric and gastrointestinal imaging. They can also work as “generalists”, meaning they work on all types of hospital imaging, as well as doing some interventional work.