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Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Physics

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Experts Clearinghouse experts in this Specialty have a certificate issued by:  American Board of Radiology

Subspecialties include:  Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Radiology, Pediatric Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology

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Medical Malpractice issues:  Standard of care

Mass Tort involvements:  Radiologists for Prempro related to breast cancer

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Taken from Wikipedia.org:

Radiology is a medical specialty that uses imaging to diagnose and treat diseases seen within the body. Radiologists use a variety of imaging techniques such as X-ray radiography, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicineincluding positron emission tomography (PET), and magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) to diagnose and/or treat diseases. Interventional radiology is the performance of (usually minimally invasive) medical procedures with the guidance of imaging technologies.

The acquisition of medical imaging is usually carried out by the radiographer, often known as a radiologic technologist. Depending on location, the diagnostic radiologist, or reporting radiographer, then interprets or “reads” the images and produces a report of their findings and impression or diagnosis. This report is then transmitted to the physician who ordered the imaging, either routinely or emergently. Imaging exams are stored digitally in the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) where they can be viewed by all members of the healthcare team within the same health system and compared later on with future imaging exams.

Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology (IR or sometimes VIR for vascular and interventional radiology) is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. Some of these procedures are done for purely diagnostic purposes (e.g., angiogram), while others are done for treatment purposes (e.g.,angioplasty).

The basic concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose or treat pathologies, with the most minimally invasive technique possible. Interventional radiologists and interventional radiographers[5] diagnose and treat several disorders, includingperipheral vascular disease, renal artery stenosis, inferior vena cava filter placement,gastrostomy tube placements, biliary stents and hepatic interventions. Images are used for guidance, and the primary instruments used during the procedure are needles andcatheters. The images provide maps that allow the clinician to guide these instruments through the body to the areas containing disease. By minimizing the physical trauma to the patient, peripheral interventions can reduce infection rates and recovery times, as well as hospital stays. To be a trained interventionalist in the United States, an individual completes a five-year residency in radiology and a one- or two-year fellowship in IR.[6]

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