Can a Rad tech become a Radiologist?
Yes but you would have to go through med school and specialize in radiology like everyone else, which will take a lot of time. If you wanted to know whether a Rad Tech can just step in and become a radiologist by experience....then no.
One can become a radiologist by earning relevant certificates or an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in the field of radiography. An associate's degree in radiography is the most common path to become a radiologist. If you would like to go to medical school and become a radiologist, you should study premed subjects, such as biology.
Radiologic Technologists, also known as Rad Tech's or RT's assist the Radiologist physician with the process of imaging and diagnosing illness. The RT is responsible for performing the image, obtaining the best quality image, and ensuring the patients comfort and safety. The RT; however, does not do the actual diagnosing as this is the function of the physician or Radiologist M.D. The Rad Tech must be able to effectively explain the procedure to the patient…
A radiologist is a physician (i.e. a doctor) with a medical degree such as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), or Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree and median salary in the US of over $300,000. A radiology tech is not a physician. Median salary for techs is probably around $50,000 or so, but I'm not sure. I am a radiologist.
The qualifications needed to become a radiologist is to obtain a pre-medicine bachelor's degree. During the final year of medical school, students must apply for a four-year diagnostic radiology residency through the National Resident Matching Program. Lastly, a state licensure is mandatory for radiologist.
A nuclear medicine degree is not a radiologist. A radiologist is a physician that has gone on for another 5 years or so of school. Other doctors besides a radiologist can go on to become board certified in Nuclear Medicine as well. There will be soon a Nuclear Medicine Practitioner as mid level provider though.