What is a Radiologist? - University Diagnostic Medical Imaging

What is a Radiologist?

Technicians can operate equipment, but it takes a trained physician called a radiologist to interpret raw data, make diagnostic decisions and communicate results to patients and their physicians. Radiologists are doctors who are trained in diagnosing and/or treating diseases and injuries using medical imaging procedures like X-RAY, Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), and more.  It takes at least 13 years of education and training for someone to become a radiologist (undergraduate degree (4 years), medical degree (4 years), internship (1 year), residency (4 years), and fellowship (1 year)).

Many radiologists have also completed a fellowship of one or two additional years to pursue subspecialty areas of focus that allow them to concentrate on single body parts/diseases through clinical work and research.

Our radiologists are highly trained in subspecialties including Nuclear Medicine, Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Women’s Imaging, and Interventional Radiology.  All of our radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology and most received subspecialty fellowship training following their residencies in diagnostic radiology.

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Additional Resources

American College of Radiology (ACR)

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

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American Medical Association (AMA)