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Radiology transcription, what type of reports are considered radiology

Posted By: Kat on 2008-04-04
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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.

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Types of reports in radiology transcription
Can someone tell me the types of reports there are in radiology transcription.  I've transcribed for years and have experience transcribing so many things and I think I've got enough experience to transcribe radiology but not positive exactly what comes through to radiology transcriptions as I've always been considered acute care.  Just curious about the types that come through to radiology.
Thanks for your input. We type regular medical reports in Meditech and radiology in Cerner. SM

I am really considering presenting the idea that we measure productivity on minutes transcribed instead of lines.  I don't know if management will go for it, but it seems like the best scenario considering all the trouble we've had.

Thanks again!

What's considered a decent line rate for radiology?

? about radiology reports
Can anyone give me some comments? I just signed up to work part time with a radiology account and I love the dictators but you have to type in all the header information which is a lot.  The information is picked up by going to a separate efax web site for each clinic and looking for the patient's name for that particular report.  Some are hospital stamped and others are all handwritten and you have to keep jumping in and out of 3 different screens to type this all in; this is ridiculously tedious and very time consuming and it is very hard to get your line count up.  Is this a normal thing to have to type all this information like that? It's the only thing that is not good with this account.  The pay is 8 cents per line. Thank you for your comments.
? about radiology reports
So, to answer your question about it being normal, it all depends who you are typing for. If you are typing for an outside facility yes but if you are typing for a hospital no because most have a platform that MTs type the reports in. With this, you only have to type in the patients MR# or accession# provided, look to make sure the patient name match with what the dictator is saying, you then will get the header(s) for the report, select the appropriate header for that study and then you get a document to transcribe the report on that is formatted with the patient information. After typing the report, you then update it in their system and move on to the next, itís that simple and easy. When typing for an outside facility, they have their MTs typing reports in a word processor program like Word for example using their template which you have to enter in all that header info.
It would be easier if you could print out the lists since it is time consuming having to go in and out of screens, that is ridiculous. As a radiology MT, you type many x-rays reports that are short and you really canít make a line count when having to go in and out of screens. When I had worked for a company similar to who you are working for, I found myself having to really type hard to make my lines. I no longer work for that company and now work for a different company that I enjoy and I do not have to type in the header info, doing hospital radiology transcription. I make a little more per line and I make twice as more per pay period versus the other company because I have nothing to slow me down. I think MTs should be paid more than 8 cents per line or per report to compensate for their time when having to enter in header info and having to move between screens.

radiology reports
I made $50,000 last year.  Work for a teaching hospital.  The Neuro Interventional reports rack up the line counts.
Radiology preliminary reports
I need to hear from in-house radiology transcriptionists please.  Once your report is typed, primarily on inpatients, do you send a preliminary copy of that to the patient's chart?  Does your Radiologist have to read over all Radiology transcripts before signing and sending to the chart?  Thanks for any info you can give.
Radiology preliminary reports
Thanks for the info.  I ask because our attending physicians are not getting reports on inpatients until sometimes 12 hours after admission.  It seems to me that as soon as it is transcribed it should be sent in a preliminary form to the nurse's station and then the original with the radiologist's signature would be substituted for the prelim.  Our Radiologist insists upon overreading every report and signing before ANY report is sent to the floor.  Seems unnecessary to me and we are working towards preliminary reports.  We have both electronic and paper records and in the very near future the radiologist will be e-signing the reports.  I do the acute care transcription and seem to be getting a lot of dictation with "x-ray report is pending" on next day transcriptions and sometimes two days afterwards.  I think we might have a bit of a struggle on our hands but hopefully he will see the necessity of the preliminary reports.  (Or I might be forced to seek other employment)  LOL
radiology reports what to charge

When starting your own transcription business typing radiology reports such as x-rays (plain films) and mammograms, what would be a reasonable price to charge a client per report?  Should I charge per report or per page as some rads read multiple exams under one study resulting in two page reports.


Radiology reports what to charge

Thanks, that helps alot.

It's possible. I type Radiology IC and
make anywhere from $4000-$6000 a month. Really depnds on how many reports I want to do each week.
We get paid $1.10 for radiology reports and my supervisor transcribes also sm
she pick all the easy doctors. How I know this is because if she doesn't finish them all she says "I have work that I couldn't finish I need someone to finish up." They are all the same doc no more than 3 lines or normals.
Radiology transcription

There is an advertisement in my local paper for an inhouse transcriptionist, radiology experience preferred.  I have about 6 years experience with family practice, also physical therapy, but very little radiology experience.  Is this a difficult speciality to learn?  Would I be wasting my time to apply?


Radiology Transcription
It is not a really difficult specialty to learn, but like anything else it does take time and experience to do it well.  You probably have a decent background for trying it, but I wouldn't do it unless you are paid by the hour, at least for the first year or two.  I have done radiology transcription for 15 years and love it, but another consideration is that it is usually one of the first specialties that is done by voice recognition technology, which limits the number of transcriptionists/editors needed.  It looks like in the very near future radiology transcription will be best done by those already quite experienced with it...just a few things to think about. 
radiology transcription
I have been doing radiology transcription for 19 years now and have radiology clients of my own - who do not intend to go with the voice recognition - some facilities do, will and have, but there are many radiologists who REFUSE to use the system.
How does one get into radiology transcription?
I've heard that it pays quite well.  Is that true?  Is there a crash or online course I can take to learn?  Is it terribly difficult to learn?  Also, if companies won't hire inexperienced rad MTs, how do you get the experience?
Radiology transcription

I have been an MT for 6 years doing only medical record transcription.  I would like some feedback from individuals who currently do radiology transcription.  Would it be difficult for me to learn if I've only done acute care?  I see that many comment on this board reflect that a lot of people prefer radiology. What is it that you like about it? Is it easier than acute care?

Also, what is a good internet site to get sample reports?

radiology transcription

Hi all - I am new to this board and am a radiology/cardiology Transcriptionist that would like to find a work from home job with benefits. I currently work in a clinic setting, and prior to that worked in an acute care hospital setting. I have been reading the job seekers and company boards and am so confused as to who is a good radiology company to work for and who is not. Can anyone tell me a place that they like to work for? I would love to hear some positive feedback on good companies if anyone is willing to share. You can also email me if you would like. Thank you very much.

I have been doing radiology for 11 years. In my opinion, radiology is very easy to learn if you remember that they ususually repeat in the impression what they say in the body of the report, so you have a couple of chances to catch something if you are not sure. Radiology is like any modality, might be difficult at first cause the rads have their own lingo, but once you get it, it is very easy. Good luck to you!
radiology transcription?

Does this high income also pertain to radiology?

Radiology transcription??
I don't see any other board to put this on.  Hopefully this is the correct board.  I have a question for radiology transcriptionists.  I began transcription exclusively doing radiology and did it for 3 years, but that was almost 12 years ago.  I have been doing acute care since then.  My question is this.  Has radiology changed much and do you think it would be possible for me to go back to doing radiology?  I really enjoyed it a lot and hope the termininology hasn't changed too much in the last few years.  Also, from what I am hearing it seems to pay a little better than acute care.  Any comments and information will be greatly appreciated!  
Radiology transcription
It does not allow as much flexibility as some other specialties - unless it is a huge hospital or group. I find it boring, but that is just me.
Radiology Transcription
If they offer per page, be aware of their font and margins. Ariel 10, 0.5" margins, will not pay you much per page. Tell them you will count your lines in Courier 12, 1" margins regardless of their font/margins. Only fair per page if short chest/extremity x-ray reports where you do not get any line count and make MORE per page, not LESS.

10-12 cpl 65 character line for MRIs, CTs, PETs.

Gross lines = Courier 12 font, 1 " margins. Don't let them quote you gross lines and then give you Arial 10, 0.5" margins. You will loose money.

These are ways you will be cheated by the services.
Radiology Transcription
I currently work for a hospital in NYC area. I have 30 years radiology transcription experience. I have experience in all modalities of radiology and also other areas such as cardiology, nuclear medicine etc. I am currently looking for a part time position at home, and I would be willing to be paid per line. On most occasions, I charge by the page. Please email me if interested. Thanks
radiology transcription

I have an interview tomorrow with a local hospital for a radiology position that is in-house.  They outsource all of their other transcription.  The job was advertised as per diem.  I have about 10 years acute care experience, as well as some clinic work.  I have done a bit of cardiology, but not really any radiology.  Trying to get an idea if this is an easy transition, what to expect from per diem, any specific good questions to ask?  Thank you so much for any input! 

radiology transcription

Hi there:  I made the transition from Clinic to Radiology and loved it.  Have been typing radiology for 8 years now.  I wouldn't change it for the world.  Good luck.

Radiology transcription
If you don't mind I ask, who did you test for?  Where I am currently working, they will be Laying off in approximately 1 month.  (going to voice recognition).  I am looking for another job in Radiology or Pathology but need benefits. 
Radiology transcription for me
I dont know of any other field I could make the amount of money in a year that I make. I have tried acute care and clinic notes and find radiology the easiest. I rarely have to look up words.

I make over $80,000 a year working 6 days a week 10-12 hours a day and I dont think I could do that in any other type of transcription. I have several accounts that vary in pay range. I get .10/line on one account and 1.09/report for a VR account and two different accounts that pay by the report at $1.48 and 1.75 with the majority of the reports being x-rays.
how about looking for a company that pays radiology reports by report and not line? nm
there is a radiology transcription company in NY - but you
have to live in NY or NJ or even into CT or PA to work for them. But it has to be close to NYC.
PeachTree Radiology Transcription
I would like some information regarding Peachtree Transcription Associates that is based in metro Atlanta, Georgia.
Would someone who does radiology transcription be willing to answer--sm
a few questions for me and share some of their favorite web sites for research?  Thanks
Sourcerad for radiology transcription


  Just wondering if anyone out there has used this system for transcribing radiology reports and if you could tell me about it, such as ease of use, likes dislikes, line counts, etc.


No more radiology transcription at my hospital
The medical center I worked for did away with radiology transcriptionists a few years back. They came up with "canned" reports and VR and have ZERO radiology transcriptionists. They also cut back on their xray lab/medical record clerks by installing a PAC (sp?) system as well.
Question for radiology transcription
I have done orthopedic transcription for about 4 years now and was wanting to give radiology transcription a try. There is currently a position open at a local hospital for a a radiology transcriptionist. What references do any of you suggest I get to help me. TIA
Radiology Transcription Question

Hi. I've got an interview tomorrow for a radiology transcription position. I've been doing psychiatric, psychology, and some general medicine for the past 7 years. Anyone have any suggestions about what I should ask in the interview and how I can brush up speedily in this field if I'm tested on the spot. Any suggestions, ideas, etc. would be greatly appreciated.



I type radiology, but have done some clinic work
I briefly tried acute care, but felt that was a little too hard to do working from home. I have done some clinic work, which worked out fine. The hardest part of that was learning lab values, specific tests, etc. I feel your pain, as it is very difficult to transition. I've done cardiology, internal medicine, and nephrology clinic notes and have done well with them. Things like wound care can get a little tricky because of all of the terminology with bandages, sutures, etc. My advice would be to get some reference books and maybe try to find a part time job, where your livelihood would not depend on the account, and give it a try! With this job, you won't know if you can do it until you try! I know it's hard with the national companies. They don't like to take time to help you learn. I learned my clinic stuff from local doctor's offices, where they gave me sample reports and I could take as much time as I needed to look stuff up. I wish you luck!
Editing Radiology Reports - Need info RE charging per report (Exam)
I am in the South - any suggestions on going rate for editing Radiology Reports per report (exam)?  I have seen charging prices from $1.25 to $2.00.  Thank you for any input, it is greatly appreciated.
$2.75 report good for radiology transcription?
Wondering if that is a good rate.  Thanks.
Acute care/radiology transcription
I have asked this question before but have never really gotten a response.  On one account (hospital), I type their basic 4 and all their radiology.  I get paid the same rate for both.  Radiology is about 1/3 or more of the work I do for this hospital.  Should I ask for more for radiology?  It just seems like from what I read here, if I got paid what some of you are saying you get paid for radiology, I would get paid about three times what I am currently getting for radiology.
Radiology Transcription vs Speech Recognition
I have been doing radiology transcription now for 20 years. They say Radiology is usually the first speciality to go over the speech recognition usually - as it tends to be repetitious with usually a lot of "normals". Even with that said, most companies that do have radiology transcription are paying "by the report" these days, with most of the normals going to an automatic transcription system of some sort and the long reports (MRIs, CTs, Nuclear Medicine, invasive studies, etc.) still going to the transcriptionists. I have heard it said that it "averages out", but I'd be leary about signing up for say 96 cents to 1.35 (that seems to be about the range) to transcribe a report - no matter what the length these days, because it seems like there are no guarantees that the normals and shorter reports will still be going to the Transcriptionist and not to SpeechQ, inhouse, or speech recognition programs. I'd say check it out well before you "jump ship". The grass sometimes just looks greener on the other side. Only my 2 cents... Best of luck - whatever you decide to do.
... Lady
Radiology transcription/Dragon Natually Speaking
If there are any radiology transcriptionists out there that are successfully using Dragon Naturally Speaking would you please share which version you are using?  Thanks a bunch!
Is Keystrokes a good company for any work type other than radiology? sm

I have seen really good reports on this board (and others) about Keystrokes being the place to be for radiology but have really not seen much discussion regarding other work types.  I am primarily interested in op notes as I understand they will only hire if you have spent the last several years in a particular work type and ops are it for me.  I wonder about their platform, pay scale, flexibility, whether or not weekend work is required, etc.  I have left my email address in case anyone would like to privately email me.  I would really appreciate some input.  Thank you.

Local radiology company, not transcription company
who has only 5 transcriptionists and are not hiring at this moment. We all work at home and get great benefits, no insurance out of pocket and 22 days paid vacation in the first year, after that it goes up. I feel very fortunate to have found them, but again I chose them because they did not do production, so now that they are, I'm a little disappointed.
You are considered the transcription supervisor, yet you are the only MT. SM

So what exactly do you supervise?  Yourself? 

I think you are being territorial and I think they could hire Claudia Tessier and you'd find something to complain about. 


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!