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How much Radiology lines I do

Posted By: Cindy on 2007-09-14
In Reply to: Glad to know I'm not the only one - Annoyed

I really don't care how annoyed people are.  I didn't say I get 3000 to 4000 lines every single day, but I have done it.  On the day I transcribed 4000 lines about 2 months ago, I typed 167 minutes of Radiology!  It was over 200 reports.  I have done it more than once, but like I said not every day.  We use a 65 space line.  I just checked my line counts for this pay period and my average is 2975 for 7 days.  I still have to work tomorrow, and I've had 2 PTO days.  We have had a full system crash twice and they had to replace my keyboard twice today, plus have had staff meetings and I'm training another MT in Medical on Saturdays. 

The main reason I get so much in Radiology is I very rarely have to look up anything, and I correct as I transcribe which makes my spell check go faster.  I am very good at what I do and I am proud of it.  I highly resent being called a liar, I know what I did and what I average, and that is all that counts!

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What is the average lines per hour for radiology?
A lot of companies are now paying per line now rather than by report or per page.  I just wondered if it differed from other transcription as I do both but do not have a line counter for radiology in the system I type into.
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.
Aaahhhh, now I get it. Gross lines vs. Character lines. I guess I've just been conditioned to
think in terms of character lines.  One of the perils of working as an IC for somebody who defines what a line is versus owning your own company and defining it yourself.  After working for someone else for 15 years, maybe it's time to bust out on my own.
That is a lot of work/lines for 2 people. I do 3000 lines per day sm
if you times that by 30 days that only comes to 90K lines a month, that is working 7 days a week including weekends. I don't think 2 people can handle that.
900 lines is below 1100 lines, where the bonus starts.
Gross lines include all lines containing
printable characters, so a full line and a line with one word on it are charged equally. Straight lines are basically the same as gross lines, but with this method of counting the blank lines are counted as well (again, equally). I have only had one company pay this way, and they are a middle man. I would think the charge would be about the same as for gross lines, and that not too many offices will want their lines counted this way (the one I worked on was probably inherited from someone who had counted the lines that way, so just continued).
The norm is 1 minute = 10 lines; 10 min = 100 lines - sm
granted this varies per dictator. More lines if a fast talker, less if a slow talker.
I went from 2400 lines to 1800 lines

a day when I switched from clinic (through an MTSO)  to hospital work. Not only was the clinic work easier with more macros (and less providers to learn, 12 vs 300+), but I was typing in straight Word (as opposed to Softmed/Chart Script).  So you see, it really varies depending upon the type of work as well as the platform used. That said, I am so much happier typing the 1800 lines per day (I make over $15 per hour plus an incentive for any lines in excess of 1200 per day) plus a great health package/benefits, AND approximately 5 weeks of paid time off per year.  In my opinion, hospitals really are the best employers WHEN they appreciate the work we do.

My advice for you is not to judge a job by any one criterion but rather the entire picture. The 'extra's can really add up.

Good luck in your job!

Which is the one where they are sc*&ing us the standard lines or the qualified lines? SM
Mine show up as STD when I pull up my transcription log.  But I see now there is STD/QT....  So which is the one where they are ripping us off, standard or qualified?  Need to know.  I am about to switch companies and I will not do if they are actually taking lines from me.  Thanks guys. 
Question versus gross lines versus 65-character lines....

I have always charged or been paid by 65 or 60 character lines or per letter or space typed, but have never been paid or charged per gross line.

What is the advantage of this?  If I were to charge 11 cents per 65-character line including spaces, what does this figure out to for an average line rate and how do you do this calculation? 

I'm wondering if it is financially beneficial for me to bill by gross line or to keep it the way I have it.  I do know some accounts will only pay per 65-character line, as this was the deal my first own account I recently acquired.  They were adamant on a 65-character line, but didn't specify with or without spaces and I personally would never not charge for spaces.

Thanks for explaining this.  I appreciate it and hope everyone has a speedy day.

Word count: 824 lines. DocuCount count: 897 lines.
I just counted the same file in Word and then in DocuCount, and DocuCount was higher than Word.

Just as an aside.

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..
Okie - do you mind if I ask what company you work for? I have 30+ years in Rad looking for part-time work. You may e-mail me privately if you'd like. Thanks.
I don't know about RAdiology, but I know
requirement, like 120 lph for 8 hours, or 960 lines per day.  Of course, for that you just get the hourly base pay and if you do more you get incentive.  I don't know how much the base pay or incentive is, but I do know the hourly line requirement is much lower than one would do on production.
radiology pay
I've been typing radiology for decades. I've been paid by the line, by the seconds of dictation, by the report and by the page.

Paid by report means just that. Say you are paid $1.00/report. If the report is 3 pages long, you get paid $1.00. If the report is one line, you get paid $1.00.

You need to find out the percentage of the long CT/MRI/PET/angio reports to the short routine x-ray reports to see if it balances out. Also depends on the platform, whether or not you have to put in demographics, search for patient info, history, etc. - all that stuff slows you down before you even get into the actual report.

The good thing with radiology though is that you can rely heavily on expanders/shortcut programs.

My ortho background as well as discharge summaries really helped me in radiology. The only thing new to me was the Technique lines and the radioisotopes.