Cardiovascular Radiologist Salary and Career Information

Cardiovascular radiologists require significant formal education. Learn about the education, job duties and licensure to see if this is the right career for you.

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In order to become a cardiovascular radiologist, it is necessary to first complete a doctoral degree in medicine, a medical residency and fellowship, obtain a state license and be certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). Cardiovascular radiologists use X-rays, MRIs and CTs to diagnose and treat patients.

Essential Information

Cardiovascular radiologists, also known as vascular-interventional radiologists, use imaging tools such as X-rays, MRIs and CT scans to diagnose and treat medical ailments. They also use detailed imaging equipment to guide medical instruments through minute entryways into the body during intricate medical procedures. Entering this professional requires earning a doctoral degree in medicine, participating in a medical residency and completing a fellowship in vascular-interventional radiology. Cardiovascular radiologists must also get licensed by their state and earn certification from the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

Required Education Doctoral degree in medicine, medical residency and fellowship
Other Requirements State licensure and ABR certification
Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)* 14% (for all physicians and surgeons)
Median Salary (January 2016)** $307,838 annually (for all interventional radiologists)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale

Salary Information for Cardiovascular Radiologists

Payscale indicated in January 2016 that the salary for most interventional radiologists ranged from $193,014 to $447,004 per year. Variations in salary often depend upon geographical location, employer and work experience.

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Career Information for Cardiovascular Radiologists

Cardiovascular radiologists are diagnostic radiologists who specialize in vascular and non-vascular treatment techniques such as angioplasty, stent placement, and biliary and renal interventions. These procedures access the body through small, precise entry points rather than larger, more invasive surgical incisions that can cause more pain and result in a longer recovery process.

Education, Training and Certification

Like all medical doctors, radiologists must complete a 4-year undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, a 5-year medical residency and a state medical board licensing exam. Cardiovascular radiologists have additional requirements of a 1-year fellowship and a certification exam.

Vascular-interventional radiology (VIR) fellowship programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. These training programs consist of one year of clinical work under the supervision of an attending interventional radiologist, accompanied by classroom instruction and conference lectures.

Certification for cardiovascular radiologists is administered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). Prior to certification, applicants are required to complete a 1-year VIR fellowship, hold a current state medical license, complete one year of practice that involves vascular-interventional radiology and hold certification in diagnostic radiology, which is also administered by the ABR. Certification is valid for ten years, during which time radiologists should maintain familiarity with current vascular-interventional radiologic techniques in preparation for a recertification exam.

Cardiovascular radiologists are highly trained medical professionals who are qualified and licensed medical doctors and also ABR certified. As of January 2016, PayScale reported a salary range of $193,014-$447,004 for cardiovascular radiologists, with a median salary of $307,838 per year.

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