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Survey from December, 2015: Future of the Radiologist Workforce

In the face of the widely anticipated physician shortage, many of our imaging leaders have questioned what these shifting dynamics mean for the future of the radiology workforce. In response, we’ve compiled our latest on the current makeup and future of the radiologist workforce to help you better understand where the workforce is heading and how to prepare for the anticipated changes.

The current state:

According to the American College of Radiology’s 2015 Commission on Human Resources Workforce survey findings, for the first time ever, the percentage of body imagers (including gastrointestinal and genitourinary imaging) now trumps the percentage of general radiologists in the workforce. These body radiologists currently make up the largest proportion of the radiologist workforce and the number of those employed in this sub-specialty has grown by 72% over the last two years!

Conversely, the number of general radiologists has fallen by almost half in the past two years, now accounting for 12.8% of all radiologists. The other largest groups of specialists are below, listed in descending order:

  • General interventional radiologists
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Musculoskeletal imagers
  • Breast imagers
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Basic research

The largest proportion (30%) of radiology jobs in 2015 are projected to be in the South, followed by 14% in the Midwest, with the remaining jobs in the Mid-Atlantic, West, Southwest, and New England areas, in decreasing order. While the largest majority of jobs are projected to be in private practice (47%), the American College of Radiology estimates another 32% will be in academic practice and 17% in hospitals.

Signs of a looming shortage:

Recent data has indicated strong signs of an already existing lack of radiologists to meet market demand. A historical perspective study from the Journal of Academic Radiology recently shed light on the outsized demand for radiologists, calling attention to a rise in the number of residency positions from 1,090 to 1,156 in the last 5 years despite applicants for radiology residency positions dropping during that same period from 1,431 to 1,141. Further, given that 7% of all radiologists are older than age 65 and 22% are between the ages of 56 and 65, the looming retirement of a large portion of the radiology workforce threatens to create a further need for these specialists.

The experts estimate that outpatient imaging volumes will grow by 7% over the next five years. With increased access to health care being a top priority for providers and policy makers alike, the decreasing availability of radiologists may well indicate a potential radiologist shortage at a time of unprecedented demand. As is the case with many other medical specialties, elevating the role of the non-physician providers can pose an opportunity to meet this outstanding demand for imaging services despite physician shortages.

Source: The Advisory Board Company

If you are interested in getting the education in the field of Medical Imaging please check our offerings:
AS in Radiologic Technology Program (Concord Campus)
AS in Ultrasound Technology Program (San Mateo Campus and Fresno Campus)
AS in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program (San Mateo Campus and Modesto Campus)
BS in Diagnostic Medical Imaging (via Distance Education)

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

Magnetic Resonance Imagine is usually referred to as MRI. MRI devices are large machines which look like large tubes; they have a big magnet in the circular area. The patient is laid down on a table, which then moves into the tube.

MRI devices
MRI devices are large machines which look like large tubes

Extremely powerful radio waves, between 10,000 and 30,000 times stronger than earth’s magnetic field are sent through the body. They force the nuclei of the body’s atoms into a new position. As they move back into their original place they emit radio waves. A scanner gathers these signals, sends them to a computer which turns them into an image on a screen. The images are based on where the incoming signals are coming from and how strong they are.

The human body is made up mostly of water. Water has hydrogen atoms. That is why hydrogen atoms are most commonly used to create an MRI scan. MRI scanners can create pictures of nearly any part of the body. Bones have the least number of hydrogen atoms, so they come out dark in the pictures, while blood or tissue (especially fatty tissue) look much brighter.

The timing of the radiowave pulses may be altered so that more data may be gathered on the different tissues being scanned.

Even parts of the body that are surrounded by bone can be clearly seen with an MRI scan, making it an ideal device for examining the spinal cord and brain.

MRI scans are helpful for finding tumors in the brain, as well as determining whether the cancer has spread beyond its place of origin. Many different studies on the brain can be done with MRI.

The heart and blood vessels show up clearly on MRI scans. Doctors often order these types of scans to determine whether there are any heart defects, as well as helping them work out whether they are new or long-term problems.

A.S. in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist is a medical professional that uses specialized MRI equipment to create images of structures inside the human body. MRI Technologists must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill. The MRI Technologist will be supervised by board certified radiologists, but will be provided responsibility and independence in the performance of their duties. This program is designed to prepare the student to perform clinical MRI examinations of the human body with special consideration to image production, quality control, signal to noise ratio, and basic pulse sequences. Our graduates will receive the necessary knowledge and skills to transition from education to employment.

  • Institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools
  • Programmatically Accredited by American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
  • Programmatically Recognized by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
  • Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

AS in MRI Program Highlights:

  • 18 month intensive program including the ARMRIT exam preparation and leading to AS degree
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Variety of Clinical Facilities
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Private Loan Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Our AS in MRI Program provides didactic and laboratory training as well as a clinical internship component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for the ARMRIT and ARRT (MR) exams and work as MRI Technologists in hospitals or medical clinics.

Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. Subjects covered include Patient Care, Sectional Anatomy, Physical Principles of MRI, Protocols and Procedures, Safety, Physics, Pathology in Diagnostic Imaging, Medicolegal Considerations in Healthcare, Computers in Imaging and others.

Our Campuses conduct courses in classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, anatomical charts and models.

Our Clinical Education (Internship) is an integral part of the AS in MRI Program that facilitates the development of student competence with clinical skills. Internship will be provided for all of our students.

AS in MRI Program is currently offered at San Mateo and Modesto Campuses.

Contact our admissions department to find out if you qualify for this program.

Gurnick Academy’s MRI Program ARMRIT Pass Rate in 2014 is 100%!

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts announces that the ARMRIT passing rate for MRI Technology Program graduates of 2014 is 100%. American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) is a non-profit national organization that provide certification for MRI technologists.
MRI Program graduates have shown great results for several years.

This program is currently offered at San Mateo Campus and Modesto Campus.
In this press release you can find more info: http://www.gurnick.edu/press-releases/mri-program-armrit-pass-rate-2014