Who is a Radiologist?
Radiologists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries through the use of plain radiographs popularly called X rays, ultrasound, computed tomography(CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET).
What they do:
Radiologists assist other doctors in diagnosing and treating illnesses. They do this by understanding when an imaging test is needed to answer a question about a symptom, disease or treatment and also when imaging is unlikely to be helpful. If an imaging test is needed, a radiologist knows which test is likely to be the best one to answer the medical question or if more than one test is needed, in which order the tests should be done to get the best result. Radiologists then communicate the results of diagnostic and interventional imaging through a written report sent to the referring doctor. A radiologist works as part of a clinical team so that they can participate actively in decision making about imaging tests.
A radiologist plays a key role in your health care by acting as an expert consultant to your referring doctor by aiding him/her in choosing the proper examination, interpreting the result of the medical images and using test results to direct your care.