The Typical Radiologist Work-Day

This is the kind of article that should be completely free, but is unfortunately behind a paywall . This article by Dhanoa D et al in the J of the American College of Radiology tracks the typical workday or hospital radiologists in 3 hospitals in British Columbia in Canada and not surprisingly comes up with final conclusion, though they don’t use these words per se, “radiologists are not image-readers – they are physicians who are actively involved in patient management using tools of image interpretation and intervention”.

For those of you who want a copy, email me or leave a comment with your email ID and I will send you the article.

The take-home points are:

  • Local on-site radiologists spend 36.4% of their clinical time on image interpretation.
  • 43.8% of on-site radiologists’ clinical time is spent on noninterpretative activities, such as quality assurance tasks, patient safety responsibilities, and image-guided procedures.
  • The total clinical productivity of on-site radiologists is 87.7%.
  • On-site radiologists experience an average of 6 inter- actions per hour with health care personnel, of which 81.2% directly influence patient care in the medical imaging department.
  • Replacing the on-site radiologist discounts the value of their noninterpretative activities, suggesting a loss to the provision of high-quality patient care. 

Essentially, an on-site radiologist is critical to patient management.

This would even translate to diagnostic centers, where even though there is reduced direct interaction with treating physicans and surgeons, the amount of time spent on the phone or other methods of communication interacting with referring doctors with respect to appointments, scheduling the correct study for the correct clinical situation, monitoring studies, contacting the doctors with provisional and final reports and ensuring proper patient flow, as well as dealing directly with patient queries, etc. takes up a significant amount of time. At best, even in an optimized private practice workflow situation, a radiologist is unlikely to spend more than 50% of his/her time actively looking at images.



  1. Rohit Malik says:

    Plz e mail the article to me … Thanks

  2. Santosh Rai says:


  3. So true

  4. Dr shivaraj says:

    Sir please mail the article.
    Thank you

  5. Hello Sir, would like to have a copy of it

  6. Anil Pandit says:

    Please email the article.Thanks.

  7. Plz send article sir.

  8. arsh sidhu says:

    Pls email. Thnx

  9. Vikas Chauhan says:

    Thanks for sharing, It means lot to us.

  10. mukul shrivastava says:

    what u said is true but unfortunatly not all clinicians agree .will u please mail the article.
    thank u.

  11. dr santosh m sabnis says:

    pl send me the article sir.

  12. PLZ MAIL…

  13. varsha sarda says:

    sir pls mail the article as it is really part and parcle of everybodies day

  14. Sir, please mail me a copy of this article

  15. pls email a copy to me sir. Thank you

  16. Dr Prakash Vohra says:

    Please send me this article on
    Thank You.
    Dr Prakash Vohra

  17. Bala Subramanian says:


  18. Please e-mail this article to me

  19. It is very true about radiologis daily work flow.

  20. CG Muralidharan says:

    I would like to have a copy

  21. Sriram Patwari says:

    Plz send the article.. Thank you

  22. Sir, me mail me a copy of the same. My email id is Thank you sir !. Wish you a happy and successful 2014 !!.

  23. Biju Pappachan says:

    Sir, Kindly mail me a copy of the article.

  24. Atul Hirani says:

    Sir your suggestions for how can we do better in our work Day

  25. Atul Hirani says:

    Less the time on Images leads to more mistakes

  26. Please send a copy :

  27. Dr Kiran Desai says:

    hello sir…plz fwd the mail….thank u….

  28. please send me this article to
    sanjay nikam,radiologist,hatat plc,muscat-oman

  29. sandeep jakhere says:

    Hi ,

    I am interested in reading the article .

  30. Dr Arul Dasan says:

    Very true sir. Unfortunately our colleagues from other departments think otherwise.worse , many patients dont evenconsider us doctors.pls mail me the article.

  31. Roy Thomas says:

    Hi Bhavin, Please share with me, the full text of the article.

  32. me too…. 🙂

  33. Hi Dr. Bhavin,
    Please send me a copy of this complete article

  34. Please send me a copy of the article. Thanks.

  35. Sounds interesting…
    Wud like to go thro the article…

  36. Dr. Pankaj Rote says:

    Sir, please mail me a copy of this article

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