Radiologists are medical doctors (MDs and DOs) who specialize in diagnosing and treating disease with the help of medical imaging techniques like x-rays, CT, MRI, and ultrasound.
Radiologists have to graduate from an accredited medical school, pass a licensing exam, complete a one-year medical internship program, and then go on to complete a residency of at least four years of unique post-graduate medical education in Radiology. They specialize in radiation safety and protection, understanding the effects of radiation on the body, and appropriate interpretation of quality radiological and medical imaging examinations, which are carried out with the assistance of radiologic technologists (R.T.s). To this end, they are board certified by either the American Board of Radiology and undergo four to six years of specific post-medical school training which includes radiation safety and ensures optimal performance of radiological procedures and interpretation of medical imagery.
Radiologists undergo highly specialized training in a particular field in order to provide the most skilled care possible for diagnosis and treatment. Subspecialties include:
Musculoskeletal Radiology – These specialists focus on providing services for patients with orthopedic, rheumatologic, oncologic, and traumatic conditions. They use MR imaging, low-dose CT, ultrasonography and conventional radiography to assist in diagnosis and diagnostic procedures as well as treatment such as therapeutic articular and spinal injections, bone biopsies, radiofrequency ablation treatment, and arthrography.
Neuroradiology – These specialists focus on diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the brain, head and neck, and spine. They use CT, MR imaging, and other tests to diagnose and treat strokes, aneurysms, and other diseases and malformations of the brain, head and neck, and spine.
Abdominal imaging – These specialists focus on abdominal and pelvic imaging and use advanced imaging techniques (including radiography, ultrasound, CT, and MR imaging as well as non-invasive CT and MR vascular examinations) in order to diagnose and treat a host of disorders.
Radiologists are an essential part of all diagnoses and treatment and go through extensive medical training in order to provide the best care possible for patients.. Radiologists are necessary not just for diagnosis, but as part of the treatment plan including determining whether a particular course of treatment is effective and how effective it may be. They are also integral to preventative health care such as standard screenings to catch disease before it occurs or spreads
The fellowship trained board certified Radiologists and Radiologic Technologists at The Radiology Clinic look forward to providing patients with the best imaging experience and patient care in the region.