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do surgeons do imaging and diagnose?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: Yes.
Answered on Aug 27, 2015
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
21 years experience Hospital-based practice
Depends on what you mean by "imaging" and "diagnose". Surgeons are experts in operations - cutting the body to remove something that is non-functional or causing illness. Oftentimes, to figure out where that is, during an operation, a surgeon will take pictures (intraoperative cholangiogram comes to mind). 0ther times, to ensure things r back the right way, they'll take pictures.
Aug 27, 2015
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
19 years experience Vascular Surgery
Sure: All surgeons diagnose. As a vascular surgeon, i perform my own angiograms and interpret them, so I do my own imaging.
Answered on Mar 12, 2013
Dr. Shari Jackson
21 years experience Radiology
Yes: Being a surgeon involves much more than just operating. Surgeons evaluate patients (in clinic or er) and decide whether to order tests to make or confirm diagnoses. Most imaging (e.g., ct, mri, ultrasound, xrays) is performed by technologists and formally interpreted by radiologists. That said, surgeons usually become quite good at identifying abnormalities specific to their specialties.
Answered on Mar 12, 2020
Dr. David Dinhofer
41 years experience Radiology
Depends: This depends on the surgeon and the disease. Most know how to diagnose but don't do the imaging. They refer to a radiologist because it is hard to know everything about surgery and imaging. That is why they are separate specialties.
Answered on Dec 11, 2015

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