First Physics Nobel Prizes Set Standard for Radiologists

Toast the Best Radiologists Clip

Do you know how the discovery of radioactive materials and radiation started?  Read the accomplishments of the first four winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics an then consider another common myth about radiologists.

Myth #3: Radiologists are pretty boring.

Fact: Three key traits are common among most radiologists, they are highly inquisitive, they know how to (and are not afraid to) make decisions and they are very good at detecting patterns and connections that others overlook.  These are characteristics that top medical school students already posses when they apply for 4-5 years of post-medical school graduate training in Diagnostic Imaging.  Radiology residencies top that off with the ability to recognize the wild array of health and disease manifestations in the body, the mastery of the math and physics necessary to understand changing cutting-edge imaging technology and exposure to some of the best minds in medicine.  Yet, when you meet radiologists, you find they are musicians, writers, artists and athletes.  You will probably meet them in service to some aspect of your community that they are passionate about.

Radiologists boring?  In the 26 years I have practiced both in academic settings and in private practice, and spoken at meetings all over the world, I have yet to meet a boring radiologist.  Shy? Yes.  Introverted? Sometimes. Boring? Never.

This is a place to celebrate the accomplishments of the men and women who are enjoying their diagnostic imaging careers as an integral part of their well-rounded lives.  They are making a difference.  When you see how they are positively affecting your community, please tell us about it at support@thebestradiologist.com so we can give them the peer recognition they richly deserve.

 

 

First Physics Nobel Prizes Set Standard for Radiologists Introduction

Do you know how the discovery of radioactive materials and radiation started?  Read the accomplishments of the first four winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics an then consider another common myth about radiologists.

 

 

Most Widely Believed Myth About Radiologists Introdcution

Last week, I introduced the concept that radiologists are behind-the-scenes heroes.  Since that post I had the pleasure to join 70,000 radiologists in Chicago and celebrate the successes of the best.  The fact remains, most people have no clue what a radiologist does.  Here is the most widely believed myth about our profession.

Most Widely Believed Myth About Radiologists

Last week, I introduced the concept that radiologists are behind-the-scenes heroes.

I asked, “Who do doctors turn to when perplexed by a diagnostic dilemma?  Commonly he or she consults with the doctor’s doctor, the diagnostic imaging specialist, the radiologist. Who are these faceless diagnosticians?  What kind of people are they? ”

To outsiders, diagnostic imaging seems anonymous and mysterious.  Many do not realize that radiologists are doctors.  Consider the second of  three myths and the actual facts about radiologists.

Myth #2: Radiologists are technical personnel that acquire the imaging studies and the ordering doctor interprets the pictures.

Fact: Technologists spend two years or more attending specialize schools to be able to carry out the technical steps necessary to take x-rays, or perform more complex imaging studies such as CT, MRI, nuclear imaging and ultrasound.  Technologists also work in the catheterization labs and special procedures suites to provide the fluoroscopy and specialized x-rays necessary for the radiologist to successfully help the patient who may be too sick for surgery and in need of an interventional procedure.

Next time you are around medical imaging, ask, Where is the radiologist who is reading all these beautiful images?”  He or she is closer than you think and always ready to serve.

Come back next week for the third myth in this series.

Radiologists are Behind-the-Scenes Heroes Introduction

Who do doctors turn to when perplexed by a diagnostic dilemma?  Commonly he or she consults with the doctor’s doctor, the diagnostic imaging specialist, the radiologist. Who are these faceless diagnosticians?  What kind of people are they?

 

To outsiders, diagnostic imaging seems anonymous and mysterious.  Many do not realize that radiologists are doctors.  Consider three myths and the actual facts about radiologists.

 

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This is a place to celebrate the accomplishments of the men and women who are enjoying their diagnostic imaging careers as an integral part of their well-rounded lives.  They are making a difference.  When you see how they are positively affecting your community, please tell us about it at support@thebestradiologist.com so we can give them the peer recognition they richly deserve.

Radiologists Are Behind The Scenes Heroes

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Window View from Dr. Lori Barr's Office at Dell Children's Medical Center Austin, TX

Who do doctors turn to when perplexed by a diagnostic dilemma?  Commonly he or she consults with the doctor’s doctor, the diagnostic imaging specialist, the radiologist. Who are these faceless diagnosticians?  What kind of people are they?

To outsiders, diagnostic imaging seems anonymous and mysterious.  Many do not realize that radiologists are doctors.  Consider the first of three myths and the actual facts about radiologists.

Myth #1: Radiologists do not ever see patients.
Fact: While it is possible to find a practice where an introverted radiologist could sit or stand all day and do nothing but interpret x-ray after CT after MRI after ultrasound, the majority of radiologists see patients daily.  Radiologist are consultants.  When a primary care physician or a medical or surgical specialist thinks an imaging study might help to pin down exactly what is wrong with a patient, they consult a radiologist.  Many times, the radiologist agrees with the imaging study the ordering physician requests.  As the gatekeeper of potentially harmful ionizing radiation (used for x-rays, fluoroscopy, CT and nuclear imaging) and non-ionizing radiation used for ultrasound and MRI, the radiologist is specifically trained to be the ideal consultant to tailor the patient’s imaging studies so that the minimum exposure results in the maximum information to help a patient feel better fast.  In order to tailor the imaging studies, the radiologist often examines the patient before, during or after an imaging test has been performed.

If you would like to read about two other common myths abut radiologists, keep watching this site.

This is a place to celebrate the accomplishments of the men and women who are enjoying their diagnostic imaging careers as an integral part of their well-rounded lives.  They are making a difference.  When you see how they are positively affecting your community, please tell us about it at support@thebestradiologist.com so we can give them the peer recognition they richly deserve.