Government of New Brunswick


Radiologists are specially trained medical doctors that specialize in using imaging technology for the care of their patients. They read and interpret digital images of patients, obtained through a variety of imaging technologies such as x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasounds, computed tomography (CT), and many others. Radiologists use this information to help diagnose the patient and consult with the treating physician to develop a course of treatment. 

An Exciting Field of Work

In general, Radiologists:

  • Conduct examinations through the use of X-ray, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Perform therapeutic interventions more commonly known as interventional radiology procedures (angioplasties, biopsies, and taps) with the help of various imagining technologies
  • Carry out and interpret radiological examinations
  • Give advice and act as a consultant for other doctors
  • Can participate in research work

Personal Characteristics / Skills

  • Strong observation skills and attention to details
  • Excellent vision
  • Excellent analytical skills and organizational skills
  • Strong interest in technology
  • Capacity and eagerness to learn new skills and information

Education and Training

A Bachelor of Science and a Medical Doctor (MD) degree followed by a Radiology residency program is usually required.

Education program offered in New Brunswick

Medical Education programs are offered in New Brunswick by the following educational institutions:


Length of Study / Training

12.0 - 13.0 years

Licence and certification

To practice in New Brunswick, Radiologists must be registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick.

Helpful High School Courses

  • Math
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Employment and Common Working Conditions

Radiologists work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice
  • Universities and medical schools

Most Radiologists spend the majority of their time in an office setting, reading reports and interpreting images, recording their results and diagnosis to be reviewed by the treating physician. Unlike many other types of physicians, Radiologists typically do not spend as much time directly interacting with patients, unless they practice interventional radiology.

Employment Prospects - GOOD

With rapidly changing computer enhanced technologies, the aging population and increased demand for imaging services, the demand in this field is expected to grow.