A radiologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease through using medical imaging techniques, including ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), and x-rays. Given that radiation is used in some imaging techniques, it is essential for radiologists to have through training in and a comprehensive understanding of radiation protection and safety.
Radiologists must graduate from an accredited medical school, pass a licensing exam, and complete a postgraduate residency that is a minimum of four years in a topic such as:
– Radiation protection and safety
– The effects of radiation on the human body
– Interpretation and use of quality medical imaging and radiological examinations
What A Radiologist Does
Your radiologist works along with your referring physician to help her or him in selecting appropriate exams, interprets medical images and uses the test results to determine the best care for your needs.
Radiologists stay current with all the newest advances in imaging technology, and lead in the development and implementation of various modalities like fusion imaging, PET, MRI and CT,along with minimally invasive procedures like pinpoint radiation therapy and endovascular treatment of tumors and aneurysms.
Safety And Quality of Medical Imaging
Radiologic procedures like PET, MRI and CT are medically prescribed. They should be performed only by certified and appropriately trained physicians and only when medically necessary.
Radiologists are physicians and medical specialists who have received a minimum of four years of post-medical school training that specifically includes education and training on such topics as interpreting medical images, optimum radiological procedure performance and radiation safety. Other medical specialties have much less imaging education. When unqualified providers use medical imaging procedures it could expose you to hazardous levels of radiation. It could also result in your problems not being diagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Accredited Radiology Facility
It is important that any facility that provides your medical imaging have ACR accreditation. This means that the American College of Radiology (ACR) has accredited the facility. Woodbridge Radiology is an example of an ACR accredited radiology center. ACR accreditation helps to ensure that the physicians that supervise and interpret your medical imaging results have met stringent educational and training standards. It also means that the imaging equipment that is used is surveyed on a regular basis by medical physicists to make sure that it is functioning correctly and that the tests are being administered by certified technologists.