Radiologists – What they Do & Why You Need One
Who is a Radiologist?
Radiologists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing injuries and diseases using medical imaging procedures and radiology tests such as X-rays, CT Scans (computed tomography), MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), nuclear medicine, PET Scans (positron tomography), and ultrasounds.
Doctors today require the help of diagnostic imaging to manage patients. For many diseases, your general physician and your treating doctors rely on radiology test results to confirm your diagnosis and the course of your treatment. Radiologists are the doctors who specialize in interpreting the results of these radiology tests. Primary care physicians and other specialists turn to radiologists for a consultation to determine the safest and most effective exam, what the results mean for the patient and the treatment options.
In most cases, you don’t get to meet the radiologist who is working on your case, but don’t worry, you can trust they possess the knowledge and expertise to help you and your doctor make informed decisions about your health care treatment.
When To Visit a Radiologist?
You’ll likely have to visit a radiologist after a recommendation from another physician or doctor. These referring doctors can be your primary care doctors or a specialist like an orthopedic surgeon.
Some reasons you might need to visit a radiologist include:-
If you are suffering from any of the aforementioned complications, search for a “radiologist near me”, and consult one immediately.
What to Expect on Your First Visit?
Depending on your procedure, your appointment to the radiology department can take just minutes or last up to 2 hours or more. You usually don’t need to prepare for your radiology department appointment, but some radiology tests may require you to avoid certain foods, medications, and drinks beforehand.
Always tell the doctor if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. In such cases, X-rays and CT Scans can be performed using a radiation cover or with low-dose radiation. Also, sometimes your doctor may want to use a different imaging test if possible in order to completely avoid radiation exposure to your baby.
Below are some of the most common radiology tests performed by doctors:-
How to Become a Radiologist?
To become a radiologist, a doctor must receive five & half years of training in M.B.B.S from medical college, after that postgraduation in Radiodiagnosis is required. Further, they can either pursue organ-based advance training in Gastrointestinal Radiology, Thoracic Radiology, Pediatric Radiology or a Fellowship in ‘Oncoradiology and Intervention’ or Interventional Radiology.
Dr. Rishab Sharma
Dr. Rishab Sharma MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) He is associated with Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur. Dr. Rishab has wide experience in managing a variety of diseases, as well as managing critical care units in large government and corporate hospitals.