General description of the work Consultant Radiologists undertake

Consultant Radiologists deal with X–rays, CT (computed tomography) scans and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. They examine, interpret and report on these investigations.
Consultant Radiologists are also involved in investigations such as barium meals and barium enemas as well as isotope scans and mammography. Some Consultant Radiologists are involved in more interventional radiology procedures such as discography and bone biopsy.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • Misdiagnosis of mammography results
  • Misdiagnosis of X–rays, CT scans or MRI scans
  • Adverse events following interventional radiology procedures

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

The Consultant Radiologist may specialise in a particular area of radiology such as the brain or spine and be known as a Consultant Neuroradiologist. A Consultant Radiologist with a special interest in radiology in children may be known as a Consultant Paediatric Radiologist.

Usual Qualifications

The Consultant Radiologists will have FRCR (Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Radiologists) after their names.

Academic Appointments

The Consultant Radiologist may be a Lecturer or Professor in Radiology at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for the Royal College of Radiologists.