What is Radiology?
Radiology is the study of images of the human body. Using these images, which can be obtained through a variety of technologies, a radiologist can identify disease and abnormalities non-invasively. It is the role of the radiologist to help your personal physician detect disease using imaging techniques.
Interventional radiology is a radiology specialty that uses real-time images of the body to perform minimally-invasive procedures. These procedures often provide an alternative to surgery.
Choosing a Radiologist
Many patients don't realize that they can choose where they go for their imaging exams. You should choose your radiology practice as carefully as you choose your primary care physician. The role of the radiologist has become increasingly important as imaging technology has made many important advances and become widely used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The Education of Radiologists
A radiologist's education consists of the following at a minimum:
- 4 year college degree
- 4 years of medical school to earn an MD or DO degree
- 1 year internship
- 4 year residency program in diagnostic radiology
During residency, the radiologist learns the use of multiple imaging techniques and how each technique visualizes each organ system, whether healthy or diseased.
After residency is completed, a radiologist can go directly into practice as a general radiologist. The radiologist may instead decide to enter fellowship training for an additional year or two in a specialty such as neuroradiology, interventional, nuclear or pediatric radiology. Most RIA radiologists have been fellowship trained to develop a greater expertise in their chosen specialty.
Why Choose RIA Radiologists?
Our well-trained, motivated and innovative radiologists have been recruited from the nation's most respected training programs and universities. They are board-certified and many are fellowship trained specialists. They've gained a high level of expertise in a particular specialty of radiology through their additional education in fellowship programs. Many of them are nationally recognized experts in their specialty.