What does a Radiologist do?
Radiologists are medical doctors who specialize in the capture, processing, and interpretation of a patient’s medical images, including an X-ray, CAT scan, ultrasound, or an MRI. They perform diagnostic imaging exams on patients and create diagnostic images to assist physicians and other medical professionals with the diagnosis and treatment of a patient’s illness or injury.
Radiologists ensure the quality of the images taken through their interaction with lab technicians. They guide and instruct patients about the images and how they are taken. They consult with patients about their options and discuss imaging results with patients. Radiologists also communicate their interpretations of the images, and discuss their findings with other specialists or physicians. When needed, they are also called upon to conduct other procedures including catheter placement or biliary drainage and to assist in emergency situations including infection or resuscitation. Radiologists have completed undergraduate studies and four years of medical school followed by four years of radiology residency.