A survey of longevity and the causes of mortality in radiologists

J. Tehranzadeh, A. Serafini, D. Rotman

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What is the effect of radiation on radiologists with respect to longevity? What are the leading causes of death among radiologists? How does their longevity compare with that of other physicians and the general population? In an attempt to answer these questions, we randomly reviewed memoriams of 429 radiologists (420 males and 9 females), which appeared in Radiology and the American Journal of Roentgenology between 1980 and 1988. The age range was between 25 and 94 years. The average age at death for the 429 radiologists was 66.9 years. The cause of death was reported in only 157 cases. The average age of the 157 with known causes of death other than an accident was 63.8 years: for those whose cause of death was an accident, it was 62.1 years. Among the 157 radiologists with known causes of death, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease together accounted for 64 cases (41%). Cancer also was high on the list with 63 cases (40%); accidents were third, with 17 cases (11%) (among these were 7 automobile accidents, 4 plane crashes, and 3 shootings). Miscellaneous causes were cited in 13 cases (8%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-37
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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