What is a Radiologist?

Sep 9, 2013 -  So, your doctor says you need to see a Radiologist. What is a Radiologist, exactly? And what kinds of tests and procedures do they perform?

A Radiologist is an MD who specializes in diagnosing disease and injury using medical imaging techniques such as x-ray, CT (computed tomography), CAT scan (computerized axial tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), PET (positron emission tomography), fusion imaging, and ultrasound and mammography imaging.

Radiologists perform the same rigorous academic training as other medical doctors, including medical school for radiology and imaging, passing a licensing examination, and completing a residency of at least four years of unique postgraduate medical education in radiation safety and protection and radiation effects on the human body. In fact, a majority of radiologists also complete an additional fellowship of specialized training in a particular subspecialty of radiology.

There are two kinds of Radiologists:  
  • A Diagnostic Radiologist is an expert in reading scans and diagnosing diseases discovered by imaging tests performed in their radiology department. They may subspecialize in neuroradiology, cross sectional imaging, MRI and vascular and interventional radiology.  
  • An Interventional Radiologist’s area of expertise is minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most comprehensive knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience. Interventional radiologists use x-rays, CT and other medical imaging to navigate small instruments, like catheters, through blood vessels and organs to treat a variety of diseases.
In addition to all this training and certification – radiologists, radiology techs and radiology nurses continue to attend education and certificate courses for as long as they are in practice – ensuring they have the latest knowledge of radiology technology and procedural information for you, their patient.

As the lead in imaging technology, a Radiologist is the forefront of the department that develops and implements CT, MRI, PET, fusion imaging and breast imaging as well as minimally invasive procedures such as percutaneous biopsies. They work with and direct a staff of Radiology technologists and Radiology nurses.

At ECHN, we are proud to be partnered with the group of board certified Radiologists from Eastern Connecticut Imaging for over 40 years. Several of our Radiologists have attended rigorous fellowships in subspecialties such as neurology, cross-sectional imaging and Interventional Radiology. Eastern Connecticut Imaging provides the interpretations for the medical imaging exams, which are performed at several of the ECHN locations with convenient appointment times, including Saturday appointments for PET-CT.

Request ECHN for all your imaging needs.


(FOOT NOTES)
American College of Radiology
http://www.acr.org/Quality-Safety/Radiology-Safety/Patient-Resources/About-Radiology

American Board of Radiology
http://www.theabr.org/radiology-specialties-and-subspecialties

RadiologyInfo.org
(Developed jointly by Radiological Society of North America and the American College of Radiology) http://www.radiologyinfo.org


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