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A Radiologist specializes primarily in the assessment and analysis of medical imaging to identify and help diagnose diseases within the body. The medical imaging can be carried out by a radiographer or radiologic technologist. The Radiologist will read and interpret the images and report the findings to the physician who ordered the images, such as an Oncologist looking to discover the location of a tumor to determine the best course of treatment.
Radiologists can utilize a variety of different imaging technologies including X-rays,ultrasound,computed tomography (CT), nuclear imaging, positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify and diagnose diseases.
Radiologists can be found working
in a private practice environment as well as in hospitals and outpatient
centers and often do not have much direct interaction with patients. Other areas of further specialized training
and sub-specialties within Radiology include breast imaging, cardiovascular
radiology, musculoskeletal imaging, pediatric imaging, radiation safety and the
study of the effects of radiation on the body.
Radiologists are a vital component of medical care providing information and working in conjunction with other medical specialists including Oncologists by detecting cancer within the body, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care doctors, General Surgeons and Vascular/Phlebologists to name a few.