Diagnostic and interventional radiology

Diagnostic and interventional radiology is the diagnosis and treatment of patients utilising imaging modalities, including general radiography, angiography, fluoroscopy, mammography, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and bone densitometry.

Vocational training in New Zealand

Vocational training in diagnostic and interventional radiology is undertaken through the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). Once RANZCR training is completed, the doctor is awarded the Fellowship of the RANZCR (FRANZCR).

Am I able to apply to work as a recognised specialist in New Zealand?

To apply for vocational registration in diagnostic and interventional radiology, you need either:

  • the FRANZCR qualification; or
  • an international postgraduate medical qualification in diagnostic and interventional radiology, where your combination of qualifications, training and experience will be assessed against the standard of FRANZCR.

What standard will my training, qualifications and experience be compared against?

Recognised specialists in New Zealand must complete 7 years of training and satisfy the requirements below:

  • 2 years of general medical experience
  • 5 years of radiodiagnosis training, including:
    • 3 years of general radiology training
    • 2 years of systems-focused rotations for advanced radiology training, including:
      • medical training, which covers patient care and safety, report writing, key conditions in early training, applied imaging technology, radiological anatomy and normal variants, pathology, abdominal imaging, chest imaging, neuro imaging, head and neck imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, paediatric imaging, breast imaging, obstetric and gynaecological imaging and vascular imaging and intervention
      • non-medical training, which covers teamwork, communication skills, patient support and advocacy, management and administrative skills, professionalism and research and education
  • in their second year of training pass the FRANZCR Part I examination, which covers general radiology,
  • in their fourth or fifth year of training pass the FRANZCR Part II examination, which covers systems radiology
  • keep a logbook, documenting the type of examination, level of participation and supervision, and relevant comments about the examination including follow-up of results or ongoing management of the patient, as appropriate. Note: each patient entry should be signed and dated by the supervising radiologist
  • practical training must be carried out in accredited training posts in Australasia
  • participate in the RANZCR continuing professional development programme.

Once a trainee has successfully completed all the examination and training requirements they will be awarded the FRANZCR.

I want to make a vocational registration application

To make a vocational registration application, please refer to the Vocational Registration Homepage and select the option appropriate for you.

Am I able to apply for other types of registration?

You may be able to apply for more than one type of registration. To find out which is the best fit for you, please use our self assessment tool.