Imaging scans are needed for different circumstances depending on the medical issue. Whether is is an unexpected injury, a medical concern, or a pregnancy, radiologists are here to provide us with our imaging needs.
With all these milestones in life, what do we really know about the people behind these expensive, scary and beautiful moments? What do radiologists do? What is a radiologist anyway? We're here to give you an inside look into everything you should know about your radiologist.
- Radiologists know how to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries. Medical imaging techniques are used to accomplish this. Medical imaging includes x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound and nuclear medicine.
- Radiologists are smart. Radiologists must graduate from an accredited medical school. In order to be accepted into a medical school, radiologists must graduate from an accredited university.
- Radiologists are experienced. Medical school graduates must complete a radiology residency of at least four years in order to learn the specialty under the supervision of a licensed radiologist. This post-graduate medical education consists of learning about radiation safety, radiation effects on the human body, and the appropriate execution of medical imaging examinations.
- Radiologists are safe. Post-graduate medical education consists of learning about radiation safety and protection through residency programs. There are also federal laws regarding safety that radiologists must follow.
- Radiologists are licensed. Before a radiologist can practice in the United States, they must first pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination and obtain a license from the state in which they practice. Each state may have different licensing requirements.
- Radiologists are specialized. Most radiologists complete a fellowship consisting of two additional years of specialized training in a particular subspecialty of radiology, such as breast imaging, cardiovascular radiology or nuclear medicine.
- Radiologists are certified. Most radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology (MDs) or the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology (DOs). This indicates a high level of training in the field. To become board certified, a radiologist first must pass an exam given by the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology about 15 months after beginning a radiology residency. The radiologist must pass a second exam after the residency has been completed for 15 months.
Now you know what radiologists do and how they became an expert in their field. At Kerrville Imaging, we boast four, on-site radiologists that provide our patients with the best Open MRI imaging care. Make an appointment to meet with one of our radiologists today!