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Working as a Radiologist in Sweden

There is an increasing interest in working as a radiologist or radiology resident in Sweden. As a radiologist, you will be playing a very important role at the hospital.

Radiologists work daytime and on-call and need to be in command of traditional radiology, for example, ultrasound, CT-scan or MRI. In Sweden, part of the job is also to be familiar with working in digitalised systems and in cooperation with other people. The team is multi-professional, made up of doctors, radiographers, assistant nurses and other auxiliary staff, and a close collaboration with all the colleagues regarding the choice of radiological methodology and evaluation of visual and other information is part of the job.

The tasks will include diagnostic (medical) imaging, penetrating radiation such as x-ray and gamma radiation, radiofrequency radiation, ultrasound often bundled with contrast, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and its use in diagnosis and treatment, and in some cases radiologically-guided interventions without conventional surgery on patients. The daily activity for a radiologist in Sweden consists of interpreting large amounts of imagery from referred patients in different treatment methods (modalities) such as magnetic resonance tomography, computer tomography and conventional x-ray examination.

You will deal with an entire range of people from different ages, from completely healthy to the very hard sick, and almost all diagnoses pass. You can also vary the tasks between close patient contact (ultrasound, throughput) or basically none at all (MRI, DT). There is also a variation in severity; “simple” fractures on the dragon x-ray are mixed with complicated investigations on MRI. And a variety of pace: Full speed on acute DT-n with trauma and quick decisions, compared to more reflection in the activity planned.

Multidisciplinary interaction with remitting units and other devices using functional and morphological methods is central to the speciality. That means you will have a lot of contact with your colleagues, both the ones at your own department as well as your colleagues from other department and clinics. There is also close cooperation with the radiology nurses, the assistant nurses and the secretaries.

As one of our relocated Radiologists says in his testimonial, the working hours are much better in Sweden and you also have more resources, for example in the form of materials, and the salary is attractive.

Working as a Radiologist in Norway

Most radiologists in Norway work at hospital departments of diagnostic imaging, previously called “Roentgen Departments”.

The daily role of a radiologist working in Norway will be to interpret descriptions of x-ray images, including CT-scan and MRI, and connect these to clinical findings. The radiologist also analyses images to diagnose diseases by means of morphological and functional changes expressed in different images, e.g. ultrasound, MRI, CT-scan and x-rays. Experience or additional subspecialisation in mammography will be an advantage and is much appreciated in Norway. 

The speciality can be found in almost all of the country’s hospitals. In addition, an extensive business is conducted at private radiological institutes. The radiological examinations are performed after referral from clinicians. Statistics have shown a continuous increase in demand for radiological services for many years, indicating that imaging is becoming increasingly important for patient diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.

As a doctor in Norway, it is imperative that you keep yourself updated on the latest medical and technological developments within the field.

Working as a Radiologist in Denmark

In Denmark, specialist doctors in Radiology deal with standard procedures such as PET camera scans in the nuclear medicine department, mammography, MRI scans and other x-rays scans, but also with diagnostics of malignant, urogenital, cardiovascular, paediatric, orthopaedic and rheumatologic disorders, in addition to concomitant image-guided interventional therapy.

In Denmark, they continuously try to improve diagnostics and interventional procedures by testing new possibilities, thus ensuring quality. Radiology plays a key role in screening, diagnosis, invasive radiological therapy and monitoring of treatment. The technological development in the past decade has provided a myriad of new diagnostic and therapeutic options for the benefit of patients.

Radiology is one of the major specialities in Denmark with 570 positions distributed on approx. 40 branches at a national level. Most radiologists are employed at a hospital. The radiological examination and treatment facilities are largely tailored to the clinical specialities of the hospital. Highly specialized features are available in each region.

Research in radiology in Denmark is very much encouraged in order to understand new image diagnostic techniques, develop and optimise scans, and ensure the use of new opportunities in treatment. Radiological research takes place both within radiology, but is also an important clinical tool for the research of other clinical specialists.