Radiologist Requirements In South Africa

A radiologist is a specialist medical doctor who has had postgraduate training in performing and interpreting diagnostic imaging tests and interventional procedures or treatments that involve the use of X-ray, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging equipment.

Radiologists are trained to assist other doctors and specialists to treat their patients by making a diagnosis and providing treatment using medical imaging. Radiologists have the medical knowledge to understand and explain the medical problem or symptom through the images or pictures that are taken of various parts of the inside of the body.


– pay attention to detail
– have excellent communication skills and be able to work well with people
– have emotional strength and maturity
– be scientifically and mathematically minded
– work well under pressure

School Subjects

National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
Each institution has its own entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Recommended Subjects: Life Sciences

Note: Competition to enter medical studies is stiff and there are usually many applicants with excellent grades who would naturally be given preference.


MBChB degree at UP, UCT, UFS, Wits, US, UL, UKZN:

– Theoretical training: 6 years
– Student internship: 1 year
– Practical work at a hospital: 1 year (also known as the house doctor year).

Postgraduate study for specialisation as a radiologist.

Additional Requirements: before commencing post-graduate study for specialisation as an radiologist the candidate must:

– be in possession of a MBChB degree for 2 years
– be registered as a medical doctor with the Interim Medical and Dental Council (IMDC) of South Africa for 1 year

Registration: On successful completion of the examination to qualify as a specialist, the candidate must register with the IMDC as a radiologist.

How many years does it take to become a radiologist in South Africa

What does the degree entail? BRad is a full-time course over three years. The first year is a general one, and from the second year students may specialise in one of the following fields: Diagnostics, Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine.

How much do radiologists earn in South Africa?

A mid-career Physician / Doctor, Radiologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R930,000 based on 7 salaries. An experienced Physician / Doctor, Radiologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R850,000 based on 6 salaries.

How much do radiologists earn in South Africa per month?

How much money does a Physician – Radiology make in South Africa? A person working as a Physician – Radiology in South Africa typically earns around 96,000 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 47,000 ZAR (lowest) to 150,000 ZAR (highest).