Radiology Transcription

Written by Norene Anderson
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Radiology transcription is an area of medicine that is unique in terminology. Many types of reports are used. It requires extensive knowledge of the anatomy as well as medical terms relating to the various tests and findings. Some of the reports will include a patient history giving the purpose of the diagnostic study. Others will simply have a description of the exam.

Examination of bones and soft tissue is one specific area of radiology transcription. There are 206 bones in the human body. It is vital to know the location and function of each in order to clearly understand the dictation. Some words are so similar that it is easy to type the wrong one if the transcriptionist is not alert to the location and purpose of the diagnostic exam.

Radiology Transcription Requirements

There are many methods used for radiological testing. X-rays, computed axial tomography (CAT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are some of the types of reports that are generated by the radiology department. Mammography, nuclear medicine, and various studies using contrast media are other areas that are included in radiology transcription. Radiology services are also utilized in the treatment of some types of cancer.

When you examine the extent of the content in radiology, it is easy to understand why many companies require experience in the field before hiring a transcriptionist. It is very data-specific and has some non-typical verbiage compared to other medical reports. The knowledge in medical terminology for radiology transcription is extensive. For instance, an MRI of the brain requires familiarity of all the terminology related to the brain and its functions. A CT scan of the neck and chest requires completely different terminology.

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