to perform and interpret the results of diagnostic imaging modalities such as MRIs, ultrasounds or X-rays, in order to diagnose or treat a wide range of conditions.
Diagnostic radiology is a medical specialty focused on the use of imaging modalities to identify and diagnose a wide range of disorders and diseases. Diagnostic radiologists may subspecialize in areas such as breast imaging, chest radiology, head and neck radiology, cardiovascular radiology, neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, nuclear radiology and radiation oncology, among others.
Radiologists utilize imaging technologies such as CT scans, radiographs, fluoroscopies, MRIs, ultrasounds, and other modalities during the diagnostic stage. After successfully diagnosing the patient (or reaffirming the diagnosis made by another specialist), the radiologist may participate in the creation of a personalized treatment plan that may or may not include the use of radiation.
Diagnostic radiology is an area of medicine that provides care in conjunction with many other specialties. Radiologists may not always see or treat the patient directly, but will work with the referring physician behind-the-scenes to explain the findings or offer treatment advice. For example, a physician may order a diagnostic test to determine the status of an abnormal growth. The radiologist will then perform the proper imaging procedure, interpret the findings, and report them to the referring physician who will ultimately decide which treatment plan to pursue.
to interpret and utilize medical imaging technology to diagnose and treat many different types of diseases and disorders throughout the body, for example, determining the severity of injuries or discovering tumors.
Radiology is a medical specialty that utilizes a variety of medical imaging techniques to diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer. Within radiology there are many subspecialties or areas, including emergency radiology, gastrointestinal radiology, cardiovascular radiology, breast imaging, interventional radiology and nuclear radiology, among others. Radiologists are trained physicians capable of performing image-guided, minimally invasive procedures to either diagnose or treat certain diseases – treatment techniques provided are often an alternative to other surgical methods.
In the diagnosis of disease, radiologists are trained to safely perform radiation based-imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fluoroscopies, X-rays (protectional radiographs), computed tomography (CT) scans, ultrasound and nuclear medicine imaging techniques, among others. These imaging techniques allow radiologists to interpret and diagnose diseases such as cancer by identifying malignant growths of tumors that would otherwise go unnoticed or undiagnosed.
When radiologists provide patients with treatment options for diseases, they are able to offer less invasive, highly targeted procedures that will often replace more invasive and/or painful surgeries. For example, treatment benefits in interventional radiology usually include less risk, no large incisions, shorter recovery times, less pain and sometimes a lower cost.