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Interventional Radiology: About how long after an IRE for cancerous tumor til a CT/PET scan is done to ascertain the results?

Interventional Radiology: About how long after an IRE for cancerous tumor til a CT/PET scan is done to ascertain the results?

What is IRE?: It is best to avoid abbreviations...they can only delay interpretation of what is wrong and where it is! As for your answer to your question... your oncologist is in a better position to address them than an interventional radiologist. ...Read more

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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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"?

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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Are radiology reports accurate?

Are radiology reports accurate?

Depends: It depends on the quality of the study being read, the skill of the radiologist, information about the patients' condition provided to the radiologist (the history), and other factors including the type of exam that was done. No matter how good the radiologist is, there will be some reports that miss something or come to a conclusion that does not pan out. Nature of the beast. ...Read more

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Is working in a radiology department longterm unsafe?

No: Working in a radiology department long term is safe. As long as appropriate procedures are followed, radiation exposure to providers and patients is extremely low. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how has radiology improved healthcare?

In many ways: radiology allows your doctor to see inside your body without surgery. Thus results in diagnoses being made earlier allowing better results from treatment. Also lesions which were previously occult until far advanced are now found sooner. Finally imaging allows for evaluation of tissue functioning and targeted therapies to particular areas of the body. Radiology has revolutionized medical care ...Read more

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How can radiology help diagnose or treat turner's syndrome?

How can radiology help diagnose or treat turner's syndrome?

Findings on imaging: Certain features of turner syndrome can be seen radiographically. Examples include short forth or fifth fingers, broadened neck, narrow lumbar spinal canal, and streak ovaries on ultrasound and/or ct of pelvis. Coarctation or narrowing of aorta, seen on mr or ct, can occur.Horseshoe or fused kidneys increased incidenehowever diagnosis relies on chromosomal analysis, x0, instead of usual xx female. ...Read more

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Why would the word "POST" be stamped on a radiology image?

Why would the word "POST" be stamped on a radiology image?

Was: Contrast administered? Then "post" might mean it is a post contrast image. It also might mean the type of view that was performed, i.e. a posterior view of a body part. It also might mean a post voiding image in certain types of bladder studies. So it depends. ...Read more

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Explain the difference between fluoroscopy and general radiology?

Both use X-rays: By general radiology i assume you mean conventional radiographs like a chest x-ray. The difference between that and fluoroscopy is that fluoroscopy is a video camera hooked up to a continuous x-ray source. This allows doctors to see blood vessels when contrast is injected or help guid wires and catheters through the body for treatment. A conventional radiograph is a single pulse of radiation. ...Read more

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