FAQ – Radiology

What type of education and training is needed to become a radiologist?

A Radiologist is a physician with specialized training in medical imaging. After finishing a four-year college degree, they attend four years of Medical School, followed by four more years of Radiology Residency. Many radiologists then complete an additional one to two years of advanced training in specific subspecialty areas of medical imaging or image-guided procedures.

What does a radiologist do?

Radiologists are medical doctors (MDs) or doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques, such as X-Rays, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and Ultrasound. Radiologists read and interpret the digital images produced by this specialty equipment, providing the results of their interpretation to the patient’s referring physician.

Diagnostic radiologists are primarily involved in medical diagnosis whereas interventional radiologists perform minimally invasive procedures with the guidance of imaging technologies.

What does it mean for a facility to be accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?

The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. Image quality and procedure evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. The program also evaluates personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. All findings are reported to the practice via a comprehensive report that includes recommendations for improvement.