Hospitals and larger medical clinics will typically operate their imaging equipment internally as an individual department. The person with immediate managerial duties for this group is typically a radiology supervisor. He or she supervises the operations related to all X-ray, MRI, and CT scanning work performed by the hospital or clinic.
The supervisor will typically handle aspects of the job such as scheduling of procedures and personnel, using computer systems to ensure that patient appointments do not overlap and that proper personnel is allocated to allow efficient procedural operation. The supervisor will usually be a trained professional on all imaging equipment and will take a hands-on approach within his or her department. In addition to scheduling, the radiology supervisor typically conducts regular staff meetings of the department to ensure strong communication throughout the group. The supervisor will also ensure that operating supplies are kept at par levels and will be expected to institute systems to ensure efficient reordering of these materials as necessary. Finally, the supervisor will be expected to log regular inspections and calibrations of imaging equipment to insure that it is operating within clinically acceptable parameters. In the case of any malfunctioning equipment, it is typically the supervisor's job to report and, in some cases, facilitate repair and maintenance, depending on the hospital's operations.
Most hospitals and clinics hire radiology supervisors from their current pool of imaging specialists and professionals. Candidates will thus need all necessary secondary education and medical college training required to work in this field. A supervisor normally is a certified radiographer who has demonstrated strong competencies within the group and understands how it interacts with other healthcare operations at the clinic or hospital. The radiology supervisor should expect to work regular business hours during the week in a clinical environment.
Radiology Supervisor Tasks
Ensure adherence to departmental policies and procedures, including safety standard to minimize radiation exposure to workers and patients.
Supervise radiology staff and give technical direction.
Maintain departmental day-to-day activities, monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
Assist in hiring, training and reviewing performance of staff.
Assess images on screen or film to ensure quality for physician intrepretation, perform technologist duties as needed.