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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 Ultrasound (Ultrasonography)?

An ultrasound scan is a medical device that utilizes high frequency sound waves to create an imagine (sonogram) of the inside of the human body, such as blood vessels, muscle, joints, the stomach, liver, tendons, or the heart.

Many believe that ultrasound is safer than other forms of imaging because it uses sound waves rather than radiation.

Apart from helping detect problems in certain parts of the body, ultrasonography can also help guide surgeons when they carry out biopsies.

Higher sound frequencies produce better images but cannot penetrate as deeply as lower frequencies.

Ultrasound program
An ultrasound scan is a medical device that utilizes high frequency sound waves to create an imagine (sonogram) of the inside of the human body

Ultrasound travels through fluids and soft tissues and bounces off denser surfaces. For example, when looking at the heart and blood vessels around it, ultrasound will travel through the blood, and bounce back off the heart valve.

The data of ultrasound bouncing back is processed in a computer, which then creates image on a monitor. If the doctor is viewing the gallbladder and there are no gallstone, the ultrasound with travel straight through, but will bounce back when there are stones.

The denser an object is, the harder the ultrasound bounces back. This echo (bouncing back) is what gives the ultrasound images their features – they can be seen on the screen as varying shades of gray.

Anesthetists sometimes use ultrasound for guidance when injecting anesthetics near nerves. Cardiac ultrasound refers to the creation of 2-D images of the heart. Some more modern machines can produce 3-D images.

Ultrasound can also be used to see how fast blood flows, or the state of cardiac tissue at specific points, by using pulses or continuous wave Doppler ultrasound.

AS in Ultrasound Technology Program. Gurnick’s Sonography School

Our AS in Ultrasound Technology program prepares our students for entry-level employment after their graduation as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with specialization in general sonography (Abdominal and Small Parts, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vascular Sonography). Graduates will be qualified to work in hospitals, imaging centers, physicians’ offices, or clinics. 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
  • Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
  • Programmatically Recognized by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

AS in Ultrasound Technology Program Highlights:

  • 2-year intensive program including internship
  • Associate of Science Degree
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Our imaging lab is equipped with modern ultrasound scanners
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Private Loans Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Our AS in Ultrasound Technology Program includes 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 ARRT(S) and ARDMS exams and work as Ultrasonographers.

Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field; covers topics such as ultrasound physics and instrumentation, abdominal and small parts, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular ultrasound and patient care.

Our Campuses conduct courses in classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, anatomical charts and models. Our patient-care lab is equipped with hospital beds, anatomical models, hi-fidelity interactive simulation mannequins and other patient-care equipment. The scan laboratory is equipped with ultrasound machines (3D and color-flow imaging) and a MedSim Ultrasound Training Simulator.

Our Clinical Education (Internship) is a crucial part of the Sonography Program that facilitates the development of student competence with clinical skills. Clinical education allows students to apply the lecture topics to practical use. Internship will be provided for all of our students.

Associate of Science in Ultrasound Technology Program is currently offered at San Mateo Campus and Fresno Campus.

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

New article about our AS in Ultrasound Technology program

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts’ Fresno location recently received approval from the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools to offer an associate of science degree in ultrasound technology. – See more at: http://www.axisimagingnews.com/2015/03/associate-degree-ultrasound-technology-offered-fresno-area-residents