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Addressing the Radiology Shortage

By: Heather Bertils, Vice President, Radiology | Updated on February 22, 2024

Addressing the Radiology Shortage

Diagnostic imaging plays a pivotal role in patient care and diagnostics, and proper and reliable imaging studies are needed in all of healthcare. However, like many health specialties, radiology has been facing issues concerning shortages and a lack of providers entering the profession. Many factors have been responsible for these shortages, including an increase in COVID-related burnout and high demands resulting from an aging population. Not only are there more aging people in need of diagnostic imagery services, but of the nearly 21,000 radiologists engaged in active patient care, 82% are aged 45 and over, while 53% are aged 55 and over. 

Another prevalent trend outside of shortages is the rising demand from healthcare facilities that radiologists possess the capability to interpret a diverse spectrum of medical imaging. Because many practitioners specialize exclusively in one area of imaging (Women’s Imaging, Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, etc.), it presents a challenge to find multi-specialist providers that meet those demands.

To ensure the best care for patients, the needs of providers must be acknowledged and met. Radiologists often face high levels of burnout due to a shortage of providers and demanding conditions. According to a recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, radiologists ranked fifth out of more than 23 surveyed specialties in their reported burnout rate. Telehealth has been seen as a valuable solution to addressing these concerns.

LocumTenens.com offers flexible teleradiology solutions and is able to address a multitude of providers' needs. With the ability to work virtually and provide care across geographic boundaries, providers can interpret images remotely and provide timely diagnoses, avoiding provider exhaustion.

As the leading online job board for the locum tenens industry, LocumTenens.com works with radiologists in all 50 states, having clinicians currently placed in over 1100 unique facilities. If you would like to learn more about the flexibility and care a career with LocumTenens.com would mean to you, reach out to one of our account executives today.

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About the author

Heather Bertils

Vice President, Radiology

Heather Bertils joined LocumTenens.com in January of 2006 as an account executive in sales and brings to the company a 20-year career in the healthcare industry. In November 2008, Heather was promoted to managing director of sales for the Anesthesia division. Her responsibilities include planning, development and implementation of marketing, sales and business development strategies for the division. In May of 2012, Heather was promoted to vice president of the Anesthesia division and in 2020 became senior vice president. Heather has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Shorter University. She is a native of Georgia and enjoys playing tennis, traveling and spending time with her husband and son.