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How does diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology differ? If the radiologist just read your MRI or CT and did not perform any procedure on you, will he/she be considered "your doctor"?

Typically, : Typically, a diagnostic radiolgist is a consultant to other physicians rather than to a patient directly. In the typical capacity where your usual physician orders an imaging study such as ct, MRI or ultrasound, the doctor who cares for you and ordered the test is "your doctor." however, diagnostic radiologists take their job very seriously as any other doctor would and use their talents and skill to help patients but the pathway of infromation is different. Some patients have asked to speak with the radiologist who read their study and certainly most diagnostic radiologists would be glad to help explain the study and its results. For the purposes of study related issue, reaction to contrast, questions about radiation dose, safety of MRI etc., the diagnostic radiologist is "your doctor" for the duration of the study being peformed. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Radiology (Definition)

Radiologists are specialists whose expertise is in medical imaging (x-ray, ct, mri, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, etc). They have the most detailed understanding of how imaging is performed and what imaging is best for specific diseases or specific patients. The radiologist interprets the imaging studies ...Read more


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What is a diagnostic procedure that involves tissue removal sample?

What is a diagnostic procedure that involves tissue removal sample?

A biopsy: A biopsy is a procedure to remove a small piece of tissue that is then examined by a pathologist to come up with a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Relating to a diagnostic procedure what does the term sensitivity mean?

Relating to a diagnostic procedure what does the term sensitivity mean?

See below: Sensitivity is the chance of getting a positive test in someone who has the disease. For example, if you have 100 people with a strep throat who get a throat swab, and 95 of those throat swabs are positive, that throat swab test has a sensitivity of 95%. Notice that a sensitivity of 95% means that 5 out of 100 who have a strep throat would be falsely negative on the throat swab. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cardiac intervention and a cardiac diagnostic procedure?

What is the difference between a cardiac intervention and a cardiac diagnostic procedure?

Reconnaissance: A cardiac diagnostic procedure is a reconnaissance mission to find out what's wrong. A cardiac intervention is used to fix it. Intervention usually consists of angioplasty (balloon dilitation) with or without placement of a stent in the dilated coronary artery. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a cardiac intervention and a cardiac diagnostic procedure?

What are the differences between a cardiac intervention and a cardiac diagnostic procedure?

In a diagnostic : procedure, they are just trying to figure out if there is a problem and what it is. In an intervention, they are trying to fix a problem, like a blockage in an artery, for instance. ...Read more

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What diagnostic procedure would you expect prior to direct current cardioversion?

What diagnostic procedure would you expect prior to direct current cardioversion?

Depends: This would not apply to an emergency situation. Obviously, an electrocardiogram is done in all patient requiring cardioversion. Also, echocardiogram in most. Additional studies may be done based on situation/diagnosis. For example, in patients with atrial fibrillation, a transesophageal echocardiogram maybe needed. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between an cardiac intervention and a cardiac diagnostic procedure?

Please help! what is the difference between an cardiac intervention and a cardiac diagnostic procedure?

Army?: It's like reconnaissance versus "search and destroy" missions. Diagnostic invasive procedures or heart caths inject dye down the artery to see the problem. Intervention means they've put a wire and balloon (usually followed by a stent) as well down the artery to "intervene" and fix the problem. ...Read more

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What is screening vs diagnostic procedure?

What is screening vs diagnostic procedure?

Excellent question!: Screening means checking for something when you don't have any symptoms (e.g., screening mammograms). Diagnostic procedures are done in order to figure out what is causing some problem (e.g., mammograms to see what is causing a breast lump). A list of needed screenings by age can be found in an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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What is the diagnostic procedure for identifying a grade iii/iv systolic ejection murmur?

What is the diagnostic procedure for identifying a grade iii/iv systolic ejection murmur?

Diagnostic procedure: For older cardiologists like me physical exam after history often tells us what the cause and relative severity of the systolic murmurs is. The first test we generally order specific to the 'murmur' is the echocardiogram, this generally gives a very good indication of the valve problem and its severity. If necessary we might go on to other testing such as cardiac catheterization. ...Read more

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Is there any clinical diagnostic procedure that can be done on the patient to check if he has depression 100%.

Is there any clinical diagnostic procedure that can be done on the patient to check if he has depression 100%.

DSM: To be diagnosed with Major Depression, you will need to meet a set of criteria for the disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). You will also undergo a physical exam and tests to rule out medical causes of your depression. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more