Radiology transcriptionists are responsible for accurately recording radiology reports to become part of a patient’s health history. Those in this position generally work in indoor office settings and may work either individually or on teams with other radiologists/transcriptionists.
Many employers require formal education/training for this position, including courses in medical terminology, typing, report formatting, diction, anatomy, and physiology. Additional certifications are available, and many employers also provide on-the-job training, especially in software and formats.
The job of a radiology transcriptionist generally revolves around accurately typing information for a patient’s medical records which can then be used by other doctors or insurance companies. These transcriptionists generally type medical information as dictated by health care professionals and radiologists which often pertains to sonograms, chemotherapy, and x-rays.
Those in this position are responsible for: transcribing dictation; distinguishing inconsistencies and errors in medical terms; reviewing other transcribed reports for consistency, terminology, and spelling/grammar; translating medical abbreviations; producing medical reports and records; performing various data entry tasks; and other administrative tasks.
Candidates for the position should be able to multitask well and pay close attention to detail. They must be perfectionists in their work, as accuracy is of the utmost importance.
Radiology Transcriptionist Tasks
Identify and return any record errors to physician for correction.
Produce medical reports, records, statistics, and administrative material.
Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms.
Transcribe, review and input dictation for a variety of medical reports such as patient histories, consultation, or discharge summaries.