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Radiology Transcription: What’s It All About?

This branch of medical transcription aids Radiologists to achieve healing breakthroughs and most importantly, to promote patient wellness.  Practitioners have specific documentation needs and they can be supported by radiology transcriptionists.

What is a Radiology Transcriptionist?

By its very term, Radiology is the study of radiation-emitted images to diagnose or treat a disease seen within the body.  With imaging technology, a patient’s condition may be pinpointed and specifically treated long before a disease gets much worse.

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These are a few of the scanning technologies used by radiologists:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI
  • Computerised Tomography or CT scan
  • X-Rays
  • Ultrasound

Based from the interpretations made on the mentioned technologies, a transcriptionist must take accurate notes of what the radiologist states, including medical terminologies. Radiology transcriptionists also document the details of every patient’s condition, which can serve as information sources if there are any treatment disputes.

Aside from diagnosis, treatments such as radiation therapy also need to be recorded.  This way, progress may be tracked and the radiologist can adjust the treatment.

Must-haves in radiology transcription

Radiology transcripts are produced in different formats, but they should mainly be based on what the medical client or Radiologists prefer.  The objective is to provide accuracy and ease of reference for the practitioners.

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A sample diagnostic report may be outlined based on these sub-topics:

  • Case Background
  • Method/s of diagnosis
  • Description of used imaging technologies
  • Views and process of observation
  • Overall findings

With the complexities of radiation technology, transcriptionists need to be well-experienced to handle such a highly sensitive and technical task.

Necessary skills

There are many specialty areas Radiologists work in including Immunology, Pulmonology, Cardiology and Orthopaedics.

It is a major strength for Radiology services if they have a team of transcriptionists who have expertise in every medical specialisation.  They have the capacity to write every finding with a strong understanding of what the Radiologist observes.

Generally, these are the skills and credentials a Radiology Transcriptionist must have:

  • Preparatory studies in Medicine, or
  • Many years’ experience with radiology dictation,
  • Be familiar with a variety of medical practice softwares, including COMRAD, OCCAM, Karisma, JADE Care Systems, Pro Medicus, and Winscribe,
  • Work well under pressure and within tight timelines,
  • Strong typing and report production skills,
  • Keen listening skills, and
  • Client-oriented.

At Pacific Transcription, we have a strong team of transcriptionists to assist your every clinical need for documentation.

Call us on 1300 662173 to start the conversation – we can work with you today.

 

About Catherine Byrne

Catherine's work with Pacific Transcription spans many areas, including writing and design, business development, training, and of course, keeping abreast of emerging trends and new products which enhance transcription and dictation experiences for clients.
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