Obtain patients' histories from electronic records, patient interviews, dictated reports, or by communicating with referring clinicians.
Perform or interpret the outcomes of diagnostic imaging procedures including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology treadmill studies, mammography, or ultrasound.
Review or transmit images and information using picture archiving or communications systems.
Communicate examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.
Evaluate medical information to determine patients' risk factors, such as allergies to contrast agents, or to make decisions regarding the appropriateness of procedures.
Provide counseling to radiologic patients to explain the processes, risks, benefits, or alternative treatments.
Instruct radiologic staff in desired techniques, positions, or projections.
Confer with medical professionals regarding image-based diagnoses.
Coordinate radiological services with other medical activities.
Document the performance, interpretation, or outcomes of all procedures performed.
Establish or enforce standards for protection of patients or personnel.
Develop or monitor procedures to ensure adequate quality control of images.
Recognize or treat complications during and after procedures, including blood pressure problems, pain, oversedation, or bleeding.
Administer radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas to render internal structures and organs visible on x-ray films or fluoroscopic screens.
Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and develop expertise.
Participate in quality improvement activities including discussions of areas where risk of error is high.
Supervise and teach residents or medical students.
Implement protocols in areas such as drugs, resuscitation, emergencies, power failures, and infection control.
Schedule examinations and assign radiologic personnel.
Provide advice on types or quantities of radiology equipment needed to maintain facilities.
Participate in research projects involving radiology.