Radiology/diagnostic imaging directors hold an "advanced" position which requires managing others, so prior management experience, perhaps several years, is highly beneficial for applicants for this position. A radiology degree and licensing are generally required, as is a basic cardiac life support certification.
These directors have a variety of duties, including both technical and administrative affairs, and must provide vision, direction, and motivation to help other staff members excel in their work; they may also be in charge of scouting, interviewing, hiring, and scheduling new staff. In imaging departments, images of body parts and functions must be captured in order to diagnose illnesses, and it is important that these directors ensure that all aspects of the department are operating efficiently and in compliance with company policies and all state and national laws.
The abilities to multitask and work well under pressure are important for this position, and strong customer service skills are also helpful to work well with patients and answer all questions and concerns. These directors are employed primarily at hospitals, clinics, and in private practice. Shifts may be at any time of the day or night and are usually eight hours long; however, some shifts may be longer depending on the employer.
Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging Director Tasks
Ensure services are in compliance with professional, clinical, state and federal regulatory agencies.
Plan and direct the radiology department overall operation to ensure quality patient safety and care.
Oversee staff operations, business plans for services and budget management.
Maintain technical knowledge specific to the latest advances and procedures in radiology.
Oversee, plan and direct the diagnostic imaging program.