What is a Radiologist?
A radiologist is a specialist medical doctor who has completed medical school, usually followed by 2-3 years of hospital residency, then a further 5-6 years of advanced specialist training under the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists’ Fellowship program. The RANZCR training program demands intensive study whilst working fulltime and performing after-hours oncall services.
The entire journey from university entry to graduation as an RANZCR-accredited consultant radiologist usually takes around 12-13 years.
Radiology training demands a highly detailed knowledge of anatomy, pathology, trauma imaging, cardiothoracics, obstetric and paediatric imaging, neurological and musculoskeletal imaging, medical physics and radiation biology, and an indepth knowledge of clinical medicine and surgery. The RANZCR training program encompasses all forms of medical imaging including X-Ray, Ultrasound, CT, MRI, as well as imaging-guided procedures. Some radiologists undertake an additional 1-2 years of subspecialist training in a specific field of radiology.
Radiologists are AHPRA-registered medical practitioners who meet the accreditation requirements of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Radiologists.
At Panorama Radiology Specialists our principal radiologist, Dr Angus Watts, completed Medical School at University Of Queensland, followed by the RANZCR training program at Royal Brisbane Hospital and advanced training Fellowships in musculoskeletal radiology and interventional radiology. He is also an accredited CT Coronary Angiography reader, a member of the Australasian Musculoskeletal Imaging Group and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Dr Watts has provided comprehensive general radiology services, interventional procedures and musculoskeletal imaging to the local community since 2004.