The M-R-I-ght Diagnosis

Diagnostic Radiology, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital

BSc (Biomedical Science) 2001
MBBS 2005

Minimum $50,000
Maximum $1,000,000
Average $620,000 p.a.

EVERY day, Dr Craig Hacking makes diagnoses that change people's lives forever.

From using ultrasound to monitor the health of expectant mothers' babies to CT-scanning cancer patients to view their treatment progress, Craig's job sees him handle some of the happiest and at times most tragic results a person will encounter in their lifetime.

The UQ Science graduate is a Diagnostic Radiology training registrar at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital in Herston on the city's north side.

After commencing his studies with a Bachelor of Science (biomedical science), Craig was accepted to a sought-after post-graduate place in UQ's Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree in 2002.

He says his BSc undeniably helped push his medical career forward

"I took the subjects of biology, chemistry, statistics, biochemistry and physiology, but it wasn't until I studied anatomy that I began to marvel at the human body and its intricacies," Craig says.

"The foundations I developed from the very start were an important step in gaining the knowledge, skills and confidence to get into medical school and become a competent doctor."

Although originally drawn to the field of surgery, Craig has now discovered radiology – a specialisation which allows him to investigate a vast range of clinical problems.

"Within the same day I could be injecting an osteoarthritic joint, performing an ultrasound scan on a pregnant mother-to-be, monitoring cancer response to treatment using CT scanning, diagnosing life-threatening injuries in emergency patients and analysing MRI scans of brain tumours prior to operative management," Craig says.

As he describes it: "The variety is great – all in all, it is not bad for a day's work."