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J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Apr;11(4):352-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2013.12.025.

Radiology practice environment: options, variations, and differences-a report of the ACR commission on human resources.

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  • 1Radiation Oncology Centers, Radiological Associates of Sacramento, Sacramento, California. Electronic address:
  • 2Department of Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • 3Vantage Radiology and Diagnostic Services, Federal Way, Washington.
  • 4Department of Radiology, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Radiologists today practice in diverse environments in addition to the traditional private practice model. Practice environments are evolving at a rapid rate, and the ACR Commission on Human Resources previously detailed the distribution of radiologists in practice in its workforce survey. Here, the commission describes the key practice options available and illustrates important differences in physician autonomy, efficiency, productivity, and subspecialty versus general practice among the practice environments. These attributes can in turn be useful to radiologists in deciding what type of work environment to seek.

Copyright © 2014 American College of Radiology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Radiology practice environment; physician autonomy; subspecialty radiology

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