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Sub-specialties & Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

There is a breadth of options available for ‘specialisation’, depending on your personal interest areas and previous experience.

Areas of special interest

While interventional radiology is the only officially recognised sub-specialty of clinical radiology, there is a breadth of options available for further ‘specialisation’, depending on your personal interest areas and previous experience:

  • Paediatric radiology
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) 
  • Vascular 
  • Neuroradiology 
  • Head and neck 
  • Gastrointestinal  
  • Genitourinary 
  • Oncology 
  • Cardiac 
  • Chest 
  • Breast 
  • Radionuclide radiology

Your pre-radiology background is often an asset when it comes to the various types of imaging. An orthopaedic surgeon will often excel in MSK radiology - being used to the various types of MRI scans, as well as having a good understanding of the surgical procedures when it comes to post-operative imaging.  

Similarly, a general surgeon will have a good understanding of certain types of abdominal imaging and bowel surgery. However, despite these assets, one often finds that the special interest group chosen by a radiology registrar is different from the one they had in mind when they started radiology. This demonstrates the beauty of the specialty - and just how interesting it really is!  

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

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