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What do radiologists do?

What do radiologists do?

Exams with imaging: Radiology involves imaging and their interpretation by radiologists include general as well as further specialization(pediatric, neuro-, interventional, musculoskeletal, pulm, gastrointestinal, genitourinary are specialists. Techniques include xray (radiographs, fluoroscopy, and CT) ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear and molecular). Radiologists perform both directly and indirectly exams. ...Read more

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Should i be a radiologist technician?

Should i be a radiologist technician?

It depends: On whether you have an interest in taking X-Rays or doing ultrasounds, MRI or CTs. If so it can be a rewarding career. ...Read more

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How long do radiologists spend in residency?

How long do radiologists spend in residency?

5 years: Radiology residency consists of a 1-year internship and 4 years of radiology training. Many radiologists also do a fellowship after completing their residency to further subspecialize. ...Read more

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Do radiologists read films online now or on those boxes?

Do radiologists read films online now or on those boxes?

Digital: Just like typewriters and CD's the film box is a thing of the past. Radiology is almost exlusively by computer in the US. ...Read more

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I need a radiologist to look at my CXR I think I found something.

I need a radiologist to look at my CXR I think I found something.

Film Reader: Who looked at the Chest X-Ray in the first place? Presumably a Radiologist yes? If you think there is something on your exam that the Radiologist missed (unlikely) you could bring the exam back to the location it was done and ask that it be reviewed with you providing any additional info that might be helpful. What, "Something" do you think you see? ...Read more

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Why did my wife need an interventional radiologist to place a catheter?

Why did my wife need an interventional radiologist to place a catheter?

What type?: Interventional radiology specializes in minimally invasive and image guided procedures. Patients in need of tunneled catheters for long term therapy (chemotherapy, dialysis or vascular access) may be referred.
Although certain specialists and surgeons may also place such catheters, the division of labor in many regions leaves this to the interventional radiologist.
Discuss with your doctor! ...Read more

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I got this report from my radiologist, what's the problem? Do I need surgery?

I got this report from my radiologist, what's the problem? Do I need surgery?

Was report required?: In getting a radiologist report one needs to assess 'what was the clinical concern?' and does the report provide an answer? If not, why not? Technical reasons? And if no answer, prproposed tests that could answer the question. Without knowledge further of the concerns, I cannot determine if further is more workup is neede. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a radiologist and a diagnostic imaging technician?

What's the difference between a radiologist and a diagnostic imaging technician?

Medical school: A radiologist is a board certified physician who specializes in medical imaging. A radiologist has gone to med school and completed at least 5 years of on the job residency and/or fellowship training. ...Read more

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If three radiologists who worked together all agreed on an image being benign, is that good? Would they lie just to agree?

Benign: There is no reason for radiologists to lie about something being benign appearing. If you want you can always ask for another opinion from a radiologist at a different office by requesting the films but from what you describe I think you will get the same answer. ...Read more

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Its being a radiologist a good idea? Some people say you bearly get employed and others say you do, and I live in Houston tx

You have many years: Of schooling ahead of you... finish HS, get into a good college, then into a good medical school. Halfway through that, then maybe start worrying about what the employment rates are for one or the other specialty. You're statistically unlikely to stay in Houston for all of your training btw. And yes, radiology is a great field for the kinds of people that like it!! :) ...Read more

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In a problem of unknown etiology, a prediagnosis by the dr for the radiologist is bad b/c then the radiologist is prejudiced and misses imp info?

In a problem of unknown etiology, a prediagnosis by the dr for the radiologist is bad b/c then the radiologist is prejudiced and misses imp info?

Not necessarily: Radiologists are trained to be as objective as possible when reviewing imaging studies. Yes, it is possible for the radiologist to be biased by an established diagnosis, but most radiologists are taught to be very thorough and come to conclusions based on the imaging findings regardless of the clinical information. In most cases, clinical info is helpful to narrow down differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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Trans adom u.S. Done on pelvisfor pain, tech said looks great, then the radiologist(spell?) said I need to come a.S.A.P. For trans vag. Should I worr

Trans adom u.S. Done on pelvisfor pain, tech said looks great, then the radiologist(spell?) said I need to come a.S.A.P. For trans vag. Should I worr

Not necessarily: It's unusual for a tech to give his/her opinion. They usually reserve that for the radiologist. Not sure why he requested asap, but whether you worry or not, it won't change the diagnosis. Just try not to think about it (easier said than done!). ...Read more

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What does prominent soft tissue thickening at the L ureterovesicular junction mean? Could the radiologist be seeing thr deflux material on a prior VUR

What does prominent soft tissue thickening at the L ureterovesicular junction mean? Could the radiologist be seeing thr deflux material on a prior VUR

No: Prominent tissue at the ureterovesical junction could indicate an early growth. Transitional cell neoplasm should be ruled out. Keep in mind that I did not see what your doctor saw. ...Read more

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Can a radiologist look at my xrays for second opinion?

Can a radiologist look at my xrays for second opinion?

Certainly: Now-a-days it is very simple to have a disc copy of original x-rays, ultrasounds, nuclear medicine, MRI or pet scans. Thus, very portable and either a radiologist or other specialist can give a second opinion. However, best to make sure that second opinion is at least of equal or has greater experience that the first opinion. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in order to become a radiologist, what should I major in?

Can you tell me in order to become a radiologist, what should I major in?

Any major ok: Major in what you are interested in and have an aptitude for. Take the required prerequisites for med school as well. Prepare for your MCAT when it's time. Look at some admission requirements of medical schools that you might be interested in. Once in med school you must do well and pass your boards to get a radiology residency. ...Read more

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What should a radiologist take into consideration when he/she decides to use contrast? Any examples?

What should a radiologist take into consideration when he/she decides to use contrast? Any examples?

Homework: You are asking us to do your homework. That is completely inappropriate and is fraud for your education and schooling. We do not do patient's homework assignments. You must read the chapter and answer the questions in your own words. ...Read more

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If the radiologist didn't put something in the "impressions" section of the u/s report, does that mean it's nothing to worry about?

No: The entire report is important and should be read by the ordering physician and taken into consideration. The impression is just a summary usually directed at the clinical question asked and there is variability in how radiologist formulate their impressions ...Read more

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Would you recommend people going into the radiologist technician field? Is it true you need to pay to be re-certified every 2 years?

Radiology tech: I don't think you need to pay every two years. What you do need is a review of the several local programs to decide which might be best for you.
Make sure you have studied radiology. ...Read more

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Is possible to have a radiologist on here look at scans I have and answer some questions I have about them? Get a second opinion?

Is possible to have a radiologist on here look at scans I have and answer some questions I have about them? Get a second opinion?

Yes,: You can initiate a Concierge consult with me, or another HealthTap radiologist, and upload the images. ...Read more

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3 incompatible interpretations of medical images by 3 different radiologists. What can I do? The most recent refuses to even contact the previous.

3 incompatible interpretations of medical images by 3 different radiologists. What can I do? The most recent refuses to even contact the previous.

Go to your Doctor: Not sure what this will do for you here on health tap. We do not know these physicians nor can we read the x-ray for you.
But, in general you should not be fighting this battle alone. Your trusted family physician should know who to trust and where to go to get clarification. ...Read more

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How does one obtain a second radiologist reading of a mri?

MRI: If u can get copy of the findings on disc, take that to your primary care doc. & ask for advice re. Interpreting the findings. ...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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Are radiologists always 100% correct when diagnosis pet scans?

Are radiologists always 100% correct when diagnosis pet scans?

No one is perfect: Simply, we are all human. We are not perfect, and we build imperfect things.

It is unrealistic to expect perfection. The radiologists I know all try their best in this imperfect world to give the patient and their referring doctor the most accurate interpretation possible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could become a cardiovascular radiologist?

Can you tell me how I could become a cardiovascular radiologist?

Many yrs studying: 4 yrs college, 4 yrs medical school, 4 yrs radiology residency, 1 or 2 year fellowship ...Read more

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Can you tell me about non-invasive cardiologist and radiologist?

Cardiologist radiolo: Radiologists perform and interpret X-ray and related imaging studies. Cardiologists evaluate and treat patients with cardiovascular disease. Non-invasive Cardiologists in general do not perform catheterizations and interventional cardiology procedures. ...Read more