A WORLDWIDE search has been launched to find radiologists to treat Highland patients.
NHS Highland has a shortage of the medics which is expected to reach breaking point as one in five are expected to retire in the next five years.
The problem stretches Scotland-wide and now seven health board have come together to fill 32 vacancies, focused on attracting radiologists from overseas.
NHS Highland is taking part, along with boards in Dumfries and Galloway, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Fife, Grampian and Tayside.
It is hoped that consultant-grade radiologists can be brought in from Western Europe, India, Australia, America and Canada to boost the number in Scotland by 10 per cent and comes alongside a £4 million Scottish Government investment to improve patient services and increase training.
Health secretary Shona Robison said: "This recruitment and investment underlines our commitment to ensure that NHS Scotland retains world-class radiology services.
"The campaign highlights the benefits of living in Scotland and working for our NHS, and it demonstrates our commitment to a vibrant, dynamic and outward-looking health service, staffed by some of the very best clinicians from around the world.
"We are determined to recruit and retain the best and the brightest."