Clinical Radiology

Clinical radiologists diagnose and treat diseases and injuries through the use of medical imaging techniques such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, position emission tomography (PET), fusion imaging or ultrasound. Interventionist radiologists carefully manipulate needles, catheters and wires around the body to treat a variety of conditions including tumours, kidney stones or blocked arteries. Some radiologists may additionally specialise in areas of interest including mammography, musculoskeletal imaging, cardiac imaging or paediatric imaging.

I love putting the pieces of the puzzle together and working out diagnoses for patients.

Radiology offers an opportunity to be involved in interesting cases across all specialties – assisting clinicians to interpret the imaging too, so they can do what is best and safest for their patients.

Dr Kate McLean

Clinical Practice

Clinical radiologists work collaboratively with other medical practitioners and specialists to diagnose and treat patients through the use of medical imaging. Many clinical radiologists additionally pursue areas of interest, including interventional radiology, neuroradiology, breast imaging, paediatric imaging and musculoskeletal imaging.

Clinical Radiology – Information

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

35% of 2020 workforce intend to retire by 2030

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Location - QLD

Major cities

Public/Private QLD


Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

Proportion Female/Male trainees - QLD


2022 QLD Training Program Selections (First Year)

Eligible Applications Received
Applicants Selected

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2022 to the total number of eligible applications*

The data was sourced from the relevant medical specialist college, or from selection committees coordinated by a Queensland Health pathway/network, or an individual facility.


This data reflects a point in time figure for the selection of applicants commencing the first year of an accredited training program in the 2022 clinical year.

* eligible applications are determined by selection committees according to the eligibility criteria and required documentation prescribed by the relevant medical specialist college.

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2022 to the total number of eligible applications.

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Length of Training

5 years full-time

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RANZCR.

Training program overview

Clinical radiology training provides broad experience in all current imaging modalities, commencing with general radiology training leading to more system-focused rotations in the final years to acquire the knowledge and experience required to become a competent and safe clinical radiologist. Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment within practice across a variety of settings, including metropolitan and regional/rural. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR) to practice as a Clinical Radiologist across a range of sub-specialty areas including interventional radiology, neuroradiology and breast imaging.


Applicants must hold registration as a medical practitioner and have completed at least 2 years in an approved hospital as a junior doctor.


Minimum 50% of full-time commitment.Training must be completed within 10 years.

Interrupted training

Allowed for up to 12 months at any one time, each case will be considered on an individual basis. A return to training plan may be required following an interrupted training period of 12 months or more.

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