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Help Radiology MTs! How many studies do you do in day?

Posted By: FLaMT on 2009-04-27
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I've been wondering, on an average 8 hour day....how many reports do you get done? I'm not really talking very specialized reports, just MRIs, X-rays, US, CTs.

I've been doing rads for a little while now but still can't get a solid idea of how many I should be doing. Every once in a while I'll get a 3-5 min nuke med report but overall most of the reports are about 1-2 min (or less) with great dictators.  When I ask my lead, she just tells me "as many as I can."

I'm the kind of person that can't just trot along....I need to have a goal of some sort and the other MTs on this account don't want to share their stats (greedy, I think, since I know they make more than I do and they don't want me "taking" any work from them even though there's more than enough to go around).

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Help Radiology MTs! How many studies do you do in day?
I have been typing radiology reports for 30 years. I type 10 to 20 most of the time. Have typed less and can type more depending on the doctor. Some docs are long winded and every report is 15+ lines even for chest x-rays while others can be one-liners. Also depends on if you can type continuously or have to stop typing to listen because they are not speaking properly into the microphone. I would say average is about 17 or 18. What most of us focus on I think is how many lines an hour. 150 to 200 is good for me, which if you make 10 cents a line is $15 to $20 an hour. I make a little more than that. Good Luck to ya!
Lab studies words
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! If you couldn't figure out that one, give it up!
Sleep studies? sm
Can you make any money on sleep studies?  Any good reference websites or sample reports I can get.  Any info appreciated.  TIA
New studies claim..sm..
cell phones are perfectly safe to use in non-clinical areas, such as waiting rooms and hallways.  Just Google hospitals "cell phones".  Tons of info.
Sleep studies
Here is a good web site for sleep studies. When I did them, I found them to be pretty easy. I think I added the link below too. But here it is again:

you are talking about 10-20 studies sm
per hour correct? Its been awhile since I did radiology and the reports have gotten a lot longer, but most of the time 125-150 reports a day.
Bachelors of General Studies

Summa cum laude, thank you very much.

Long, complicated story. Basically, I'm a clinical year short of a Clinical Laboratory Science degree, but I won't go back and pursue it barring losing my husband. Also, if I'd have thought more carefully when I switched out of the CLS program, I was only 3 or 4 classes short of a B.A. in psychology. Oh, well. What I ended up with is essentially a liberal arts degree with lots and lots of science classes and lots of psychology classes and a smattering of language studies.

Like some of the other posters, my ultimate goal is to get into P.A. school once my youngest kiddos are school age. I think I'm too old for med school now, but it raises my hopes to see the post below. Being a transcriptionist pays the bills, but some days I do kinda get upset with myself. Here I am doing the same thing I went to school not to do any more. Sigh...

MTing is not bad, but I just don't get enough people contact, and it certainly doesn't have a lot of money or prestige associated with it. Sigh.. again. Ah, well. It works for my family right now.


No, there are a bunch of studies out there indicating that
one drink per day of beer or wine is actually good for you.
Want to finish my studies this year - sm

So I can make the kind of living I was used to with less headaches and be able to do some traveling with my work.

Also will be able to buy a bigger house!!!

Please cite to the scientific studies...(nt)

There are numerous studies presently

taking place concerning this relatively new medication.  Below is a single example of Fosamax prescribing from the "norm."  If I were typing that report, I would type it verbatim and not flag/question the physician's dictation.

                                            FOSAMAX DOSING

The prevention dose is 5 mg daily, the treatment dose is 10 mg daily. Alendronate should be continued indefinitely. Although discontinuation of the alendronate does not result in the rapid bone loss seen with HRT discontinuation, a gradual decline does occur, so some maintenance therapy should be utilized. The dosing may be modified once optimal bone mass is restored.  One could then consider the 10 mg dose to the 5 mg prevention dose daily, or perhaps to 10 mg every other day.  A once weekly dose of 70 mg or a twice-weekly dose of 35 mg is presently being evaluated as an alternative-dosing regimen but has not yet been approved. (Study results pending).

Source:  Preventing and Managing Osteoporosis

Sarah Hall Gueldner; M. Susan Burke, Helen Smiciklas-Wright Editors

Springer Publishing Company 536 Broadway New York, NY  10012

Helpful reference for ops and studies

Found this excellent resource for ops - sharing with all.

Radiology transcription, what type of reports are considered radiology
I have lot of experience with everything and I would like to know what exactly is considered radiology so I know if I qualify for that type of work?  I've had many types that I think qualify for radiology.
I stopped my HRT when studies showed it did not prevent osteoporosis. sm
I have osteoporosis.  The govt halted a study on HRT as the women involved had more heart problems than those on the placebo.  Too scary for me.  In addition, my hair was falling out excessively.  Since I have been off it, my hair is back to normal, but the flashes have come back.   Even more repulsive to me was when I found out that the HRT I was on came from the urine of pregnant mares that were impregnated just to get the HRT ingredients, then the colts were destroyed.  No way.  There are over-the-counter remedies for hot flashes, but now they claim that black cohosh causes liver cirrhosis.  So, I'm not taking anything. 
My daughter teaches social studies and science.
She works the after-school program at her school for extra money, and an occasional Saturday school (also extra money). She has also signed up to teach summer school, and may do some private tutoring as well.

Just some ideas for you.

I have been doing MT for about 4 years now, and average about $10 an hour at 7 cents per line (no raise since I started). There is a tremendous learning curve, I did not feel productive and competent at all for the first couple of years. I got my certificate from the local community college. They offered night classes for the beginner course, then an on-line advanced course. I should point out that a certificate from any school does not make you a CMT (certified medical transcriptionist). For that you have to pass the test given by AAMT, and as I recall you cannot test until you have 2 years of experience.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

I used to type radiology in-house for patients in nursing homes.  After I typed the report, I would fax them to the nursing homes and they would put that report in the patient's chart.  Then I would send original report to doc to get signature.  After those are signed, they are mailed out to the nursing homes.  I am not really too sure why you are asking but hope this helps some.  The doc's never read my reports because they trusted me but I am sure they would want to before they put their signature on anything. 

I currently am typing radiology and have for 27 years. I also have to type in patient information but not in the manner you do. Yor are right, it is extremely time consuming the way you have to do it. You should have some kind of patient log or the information should already put in the template. No, you will not have a high line count in the manner you have to do it. Radiology reports, as you know, can be very short and the time it takes for you to get the information overrides the length of the report.
Radiology Pay.
I was just wondering what other rad MT's are earning out there - and are U paid by report or by line? Which method do U think is better?
It is interesting although as mentioned already, it lends itself well to voice recognition (because it is very repetitive) and many of us are currently unemployed because of that technology. Wish I had your experience in today's workplace.
Go for Radiology...
It seems hard at first but after a while they say the same stuff over and over, and don't go into huge detail - many MT's who do it are paid per report (like me), so the bucks can really add up. I've been on the same account for 8 years, no secondary account, never run out of work and find it much more interesting than the usual discharge summaries, H & P's, etc...of course TAT is pretty short, which can be stressful, but overall I love it! At my company radiology accounts are considered the creme d'la creme (sp?) so we are treated with a tad more respect (since we have the cash cows)...try it, you'll like it!
I was called by a former client of an old job to work radiology again, but at home this time.  What is the going rate for radiology per hour and has anyone used RIS system?  Thanks in advance
$1.25 per rad report, and the report can be lengthy or a normal report pulled from a list.

Sadly, I just changed MT companies, and I'm only up to 30 reports per day. It's not the terminology or the program - it's because of the dictators! Their voices are are muffled (which may be due to their dictating equipment), they roll the viewer while dictating, bang films, and dictate over each other. I listen to them over and over, trying to hear the words! I've transcribed acute care, and over 15 years of radiology, but never had such a problem with hearing the dictator.

I have noticed too, that when I'm transcribing by myself, I get alot of normal reports pulled from the list. When there's others transcribing, I never get any normal reports at all - they're all really long. That could be one of my problems also.

There are no benefits, but I was told that they do withhold taxes.

I have read in the archives where some rad transcriptionists get paid between $2.00 and $3.00 per report, but I have never seen anywhere near that amount advertised.

Sorry if I got off topic a bit!
radiology job
I noticed on this board a few days ago that Keystrokes was hiring radiology MT. Good luck!
Do I do radiology?
Yes, and about everything except I am not very experienced with oncology, as we have a girl that does strictly that. Thanks
6-7 cpl is very low for Radiology if you
have any experience at all. I work 2 jobs as an IC and make $1.25/report and 1 job as an employee and make $1.25/report. It is best to be paid per report unless you do nothing but MRIs and CTs then per line but not for less than $.10 a line.

Good luck.
Could some of you who type only radiology tell me approximately how many reports you transcribe per 8-hour shift?  Thanks.
Thanks to all for your replies.
Do you mind my asking if you are you paid per report or by the line? Also, do you type for a wide variety of radiologists throughout the day? Thanks so much for the info.
no radiology

I do full med rec, acute care.  never did radiology, too boring.  mostly the big 4, but cardiac caths, EKGs, EEGs, etc. etc.  by the way, Earth.


In a perfect world where the doc dictates clear, has no marbles in his mouth, doesn''t talk away from the mic, doesn't run the alternator while he's dictating  and has no hard accent, you could say that radiology is easy.  I've been doing radiology for 30 years-believe me, I've had all kinds of characters dictating and I know what I'm talking about.

Radiology MT Job

My name is Jennifer Ruiz and I would love to hear more about any positions you have for radiology MT's working at home.. I currently work at home and have been for the past 9 years doing strictly radiology. Feel free to contact me at 419-534-5552 or jendavidson888@yahoo.com.

ICs who do radiology....can you help?

Anyone out there who does radiology as an IC......can you give me an idea what you make and is it per page or report?  I just want anonymous answers....no names needed....but I'm just trying to get some idea of what's fair for a radiology Transcriptionist as an IC.  Thanks so much in advance.

radiology pay
By the report in my experience.
Anybody do radiology out there??
Hi, I was just contacted by our local hospital.  They have an in-house opening for a Transcriptionist in radiology.  I have no experience in this and was wondering is it easy to learn?   Do you like it?   How much could I expect to be paid per hour?  Thank you for any advice.  
radiology pay
Can anyone tell me how radiology transcriptionists are usually paid?  Per document?  Per line? 
radiology pay
Can anyone tell me how radiology transcriptionists are usually paid?  Per document?  Per line? 
Radiology going VR
I just heard my rad account is going to voice recognition. Apparently it is a trend in radiology so you may not have to worry about it much longer.
I do radiology
and this is soooo true! I have caught so many mistakes just from the radiologist, not to mention if they ever went VR! My sister was in the hospital and they did the VR type reports and she nearly died from being given medication that she was CLEARLY allergic to from all her regular typed reports. She has suit on them right now for their blunders!

Is radiology hard to do?  What type of dictation do you transcribe doing radiology?  I have always wondered about this.  Thanks!

Radiology is like anything else
It has hard parts and it has easier parts.  I like it because of not having to look up so much info on medicines.  It is like anything else, though, the more you do it the less complicated it gets.  The hard part is trying to get lines in.  I have a good account, that pays by mean line, or report, and that is only way that I will do this particular type of report as rad reports are usually so short. 
Radiology pay

Hi all....is $1.25 per report good for radiology?  It is $1.25 per report and any reports over 2 minutes are an additional $1.25.  So a 6 minute report would be billed as 3 reports.  Is this a good rate??  It is using Meditech and a Lanier.  Any info would be appreciated as I'm considering a position.  Thanks!


Our  radiology department is currently paying a part-time IC $3.50 a report. 

Radiology going away
Don't count on having many more radiology accounts. They are all going to VR. However, as a caveat, these arrogant SOBs aren't proofing their work and are sending it through w/o editing. I am waiting for the first lawsuit to come through to make them come to their senses.
Radiology is all about
anatomy, views, contrast, and having a huge English vocabulary. Accuracy needs to be 100%, including listening for MD misspeaks.

The dictators I've done have been very quick and efficient for the most part, but most of them have PhDs on top of their MD, and they are super smart and worthy of really smart MTs because usually their dictation is so efficient.

I like the HPI radiology boook and I have The World's Best Anatomical Charts book that I found at Barnes and Noble. I also used Stedman's ortho book and HPI neuro book, and Stedman's ENT book, cardiology & pulmonology book, GI/GU, OB-GYN, and oncology book. I also used Sanders' lab book, especially the list of eponymic diseases and syndromes.

Never let your mind wander, no matter how repetitive it seems. Don't mix up the sound-alike anatomical terms. Always think about what part of the body you are in.

Bear in mind that radiologist's books spell certain terms differently than the Stedman's books do, but usually the MD's spelling is in the HPI books. It's a shame the publishers can't get all the books to agree because MTs tend to think the radiologists can't spell and the radiologists don't know why the MTs use different spelling from the medical books. Grrrrr.

How did your interview go for the radiology position?
QA for Radiology?
Does anyone know how to get into QA for Radiology?  I very rarely see these types of positions offered.  I don't know if it's because there are no specialty QA positions or if I'm just out of the loop.  Also, if there are such positions, who is hiring for them?  Thanks in advance!
Radiology is NOT all going to VR
Decent VR is really expensive and the majority of accounts can't afford the platform. There are at least three current jobs on another website for radiology and I have more work than I can do.

We are losing Rad accounts to VR, but far from ALL of them...
Radiology, probably sm
because it is where I started and was lucky enough to work two hospitals with nice doctors who would show me stuff on the films and it fascinated me. I went on to do acute care, like ortho and neuro, but came back to radiology. Guess it will always be my favorite, but I do miss the days of working directly with the docs.
Radiology, etc

"Does anyone think that one can go from Radiology to Acute Care or Clinical or should I be looking for a new career?"

I did this backwards -- I went from Acute Care to radiology and was able to transfer over the knowledge pretty easily. Maybe that works both ways??

I lost radiology accounts to VR too. The repetitiveness of the reports that made it so great to use word Expanders and make good $ at it apparently also lends itself well to voice recognition. Bummer -- I saw a really nice company that specialized in radiology go under because of VR.

I have a friend in the same position. I tried to tell her not to get into the "groove" of radiology and lose her other skills. With work and the right company you could work on other accounts, but I wouldn't try to tackle acute care if you only have experience with radiology. JMO..