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Do surgeons do imaging and diagnose?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes.

In brief: Yes

Yes.
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
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.
Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Dinhofer
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Dr. Shari Jackson
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Shari Jackson
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Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Sure

All surgeons diagnose.
As a vascular surgeon, i perform my own angiograms and interpret them, so I do my own imaging.

In brief: Sure

All surgeons diagnose.
As a vascular surgeon, i perform my own angiograms and interpret them, so I do my own imaging.
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
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