RADIOLOGY is a field of medicine specializing in the interpretation of medical images as a tool in the diagnosis of disease. The training of a Radiologist is complex and typically lasts five to seven years. Traditionally, a one year internship in general medicine is followed by a four year residency in Radiology. Most Radiologists complete an advanced fellowship program in fields such as Abdominal or Chest Imaging, Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Mammography, Pediatric Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, or Interventional Radiology. Interventional Radiologists employ advanced imaging techniques to perform a variety of complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. While the interpretation of imaging studies is the cornerstone of Radiology, actual patient treatment is the hallmark of Interventional Radiology (IR). IR specialists utilize image guidance to perform complex medical procedures. Examples of common procedures include arterial embolization to treat acute bleeding, targeted chemotherapy delivered directly to cancerous organs, and transjugular shunts (“TIPS” procedure) to treat chronic liver disease.
Radiologists commonly interpret plain X-ray films, computed tomography (CT or “CAT Scan”), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography, positron emission tomography (PET scan), and angiograms. Since all fields of medicine rely upon imaging, Radiologists must maintain a wide knowledge base in order to accurately diagnose the range of diseases they encounter. In addition to correctly identifying disease, Radiologists also must be able to determine when additional testing or follow-up is required.
Litigation against Radiologists nearly always focuses upon alleged misinterpretation of imaging studies. Interventional Radiologists are subject to claims involving procedural complications such as bleeding, infection, and/or damage to adjacent structures. Elite Medical Experts secures Radiology experts from all imaging disciplines, including General Radiology, Pediatric Radiology, Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology, Women’s Imaging, and Nuclear Medicine.