Radiology is one of the few specialty fields that touch patients with almost every condition. “From interpreting yearly mammograms, which can detect cancer early, to reading CT scans on a patient involved in a motor vehicle accident, imaging is central to care for patients,” says Gregg W. Bean, M.D., interim chief of musculoskeletal imaging, medical director for radiology at the Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC), and assistant professor of radiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
A radiologist uses imaging to diagnose, treat, and provide treatment options for patients and clinicians with a wide variety of diseases and injuries. “Radiology is an important part of medicine both in the diagnosis and treatment of a patient. The radiologist functions as the doctor’s doctor,” said Harold Moskowitz, M.D., clinical professor of radiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Almost all patients require some form of imaging study, making radiology a true consultant service.Read more