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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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Radiologist or radiology technologist, what's the difference?

Radiologist or radiology technologist, what's the difference?

A radiologist: is a physician who has gone to medical school, completed a residency, and possibly a fellowship. A technologist has a 2 or 4 year degree. Radiologists supervise the technologists who take the images. Radiologists are also responsible for interpreting the images and generating a report. ...Read more

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What specialty performs the cardiac catheterization?

What specialty performs the cardiac catheterization?

The "Other" Guys: Interventional cardiologists are what they call themselves. Those are the guys who deploy stents. Many general cardiologists also do their own "diagnostic" catheterizations to look at, but not fix arteries. ...Read more

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Ct scan, mri, nuclear medicine imaging, ivp scan, how are they different?

Ct scan, mri, nuclear medicine imaging, ivp scan, how are they different?

Quite different: Ct involves xray type radiation with cross sectional imaging in transaxial, sagittal, and coronal projections. Nuclear medicine, internal irradiation either injected intravenously, inhaled, ingested, injected subcutaneously.Ivp uses injection of contrast material for visualization of kidneys and bladder with x-ray. Mr imaging uses no ionizing radiation magnetic fields to generate x-sectional images. ...Read more

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Is transjugular biopsy performed by a hepatologist or interventional radiologist, or both?

Is transjugular  biopsy performed by a hepatologist or interventional radiologist, or both?

Mostly neither: It isnt the generally used procedure. Not only is it a big deal, it is ONLY used in complicated patients because the general biopsy technique of just ramming a needle through the skin into the liver is a lot simpler. Surgical specialist with medical clearance in a hospital setting is the usual for this all but abandoned procedure. ...Read more

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When is an interventional cardiac catheterization procedure needed?

When is an interventional cardiac catheterization procedure needed?

Different settings: There are different settings for this. The most appropriate is when a patient comes to the hospital with a heart attack in progress, under those circumstances, angioplasty (opening the occluded artery) saves lives. Cardiac catheterization is also indicated in patients with chest pain or shortness of breath with a positive stress test or high risk. Your doctor should decide. ...Read more

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Should I study diagnostic radiography or chiropractic therapy?

Should I study diagnostic radiography or chiropractic therapy?

Shadow Mentor: I would shadow a mentor in both fields and see where the majority of your interests lie. It also depends upon the level of education and responsibility that you would like. A radiology tech takes images ordered by a physician, but does not read them. A Doctor of Chiropractic can take and read their films. Chiropractic is progressing and their are specialties including Chiropractic Radiologists. ...Read more

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Can nuclear medicine procedures affect CT scans?

Can nuclear medicine procedures affect CT scans?

Not usually: Not usually nuclear medicine affecting ct but the opposite. However ct scan with intravenous iodine contrast materials can affect thyroid scans and thyroid uptake. Renal GFR studies using glofil with i125 are also affected by iodine contrast of ct. ...Read more

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Vascular surgery question?

Vascular surgery question?

Briefly,: Vascular surgery is a medical discipline that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems of the arterial, venous and lymphatic systems, exclusive of the heart. Interventional treatment can be both surgical and non-surgical (i.e. Catheter based and minimally invasive) and as such, make vascular surgeons uniquely qualified to provide unbiased recommendations for patients. ...Read more

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How many cardiac cta (computed tomography angiogram) procedures are performed annually in small hospitals?

How many cardiac cta (computed tomography angiogram) procedures are performed annually in small hospitals?

Thousands: Coronary cta mostly performed in cardiology offices. Many performed in hospitals also. Hundreds of thousands of these scans done each year. I read many of these tests a year. Very good technology. ...Read more

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Are CT scans necessary before spinal fusion surgery?

Are CT scans necessary before spinal fusion surgery?

It depends: Ct is better in the identification of bony anatomy then mris. Depending on the indications for a spinal fusion the ct scan can be an important adjunct. ...Read more

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What doctors performs minimally invasive heart surgery?

What doctors performs minimally invasive heart surgery?

Cardiovascular surg: Cardiovascular surgeons can do bypass symptoms by either an open procedure or by a min invasive method. The open procedure requires the sternum to be opened with a saw . This is called a sternotomy.A min invasive symptoms uses several smaller port access sites but leaves sternum intact. The thinking with this method is its less painful and quicker recovery ...Read more

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Who reads the lumbosacral spine mri?

Who reads the lumbosacral spine mri?

Your radiologist: Your radiologist. Your orthopod (if you were referred and he ordered the study) will probably take a look as well, for any surgical planning, etc. But ultimately a radiologist will make the final read and is responsible for the findings. ...Read more

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What is the difference between musculoskeletal radiology and interventonal radiology?

What is the difference between musculoskeletal radiology and interventonal radiology?

MSK & Interventional: MSK focuses more on diagnostic imaging of the bones, muscles, & joints. Interventional radiology (IR) is largely procedural and may span the gamut of vascular angiography, angioplasty, stent, or embolization; biopsies and drainages. MSK may have it's own procedure responsibilities including biopsies or joint aspiration but in many places these responsibilities are shared or done exclusively by IR ...Read more

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Mri spine thoracic, labs needed before test?

Mri spine thoracic, labs needed before test?

No, not for a : Non contrast study. If any history of renal or kidney disease or if over the age of 60 years then blood testing is indicated if contrast is to be administered to assess kidney function. ...Read more

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Could orthopedic surgeons read mris?

Could orthopedic surgeons read mris?

Yes: Although orthopaedic surgeons are not radiologists, they routinely read MRI scans involving orthopaedic conditions. ...Read more

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How do diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine differ?

How do diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine differ?

Different radiation: Radiography or x-ray involves low dose ionizing radiation with images of chest , skeleton, skull etc. Radiation therapy uses high dose ionizing to treat tumors with external or internal irradiation. Nuclear medicine involves low dose ionizing radiation in form of isotopes that are internally injected intravenously. Inhaled, injected subcutaneously, or ingested orally. ...Read more

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Do hepatoligists use MRI scans in diagnostics? (alt^) unknown cause, referred to specialist. As i'm terrifiedof invasive procedures eg biopsy! useful

Do hepatoligists use MRI scans in diagnostics? (alt^) unknown cause, referred to specialist. As i'm terrifiedof invasive procedures eg biopsy! useful

Depends: In the usa, an MRI is a wonderful non-invasive means of evaluating the liver for causes of hepatitis. Ultrasound and ct are also non-invasive means of performing the same. Mr availability across the pond may not be what it is in the us, though. Good luck! ...Read more