Radiologists specialize in assessing and interpreting medical imaging so as to identify and diagnose diseases within the human body. A radiographer or radiologic technician may perform the medical imaging. Radiologists interpret images and report their findings to the physicians who initially ordered the images, such as an Oncologist seeking to locate a tumor so that further treatment can be planned.
A radiology specialist will use a variety of x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), nuclear imaging, positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies in order to identify and diagnose diseases.
Radiologists may also work in a private practice setting, however they are often employed by hospitals and outpatient clinics. They do not have much close contact with patients. The field of Radiology includes a number of subspecialties and areas of further specialization, such as breast imaging, cardiovascular imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, pediatric imaging, radiation safety, and radiation effects research.
Medical radiologists play a crucial role in medical care, providing information and collaborating with other medical specialists including Oncologists to detect cancer in the body, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care physicians, General Surgeons, and Vascular and Phlebologists.
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