We’ve all heard of the term ‘radiologist,’ and though many of us have had to deal with one at some point in our lives (for a broken arm, during a medical check-up, for an ultrasound, and so on), few actually understand what a radiologist does, and what the work actually entails. It’s a medical profession that is incredibly important yet underestimated or undervalued.
So what exactly is a radiologist, and what do they actually do? Here’s all about the role of a radiologist to your health – and how you can become one. Incidentally, there’s more info about radiology education here.
What’s a radiologist?
A radiologist is a professional specializing in the field of medical imaging technology, ensuring that enough information is provided for other specialists to make a proper diagnosis. Usually radiologists don’t have much direct contact with the patients. They use the following technology:
- X-ray radiology
- Computerized tomography (CT)
- Positron emission tomography
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
You don’t just become a radiologist overnight; it requires dedication and lots of studying – 13 years of study and practice, in fact. Here’s the average educational path a student has to take to become a radiologist:
- Undergraduate degree. First, the aspiring radiologist must go through a 4-year course to obtain a bachelor’s degree, usually in the field of nursing or biology or other related courses (though this is not necessary).
- Graduate degree. The graduate degree is another 4-year course of medicine. Here, the student learns all the different disciplines of medicine, though in the fourth year the specialty year (in this case radiology) is chosen. During the 3rd and 4th year, the student should expect many clinical subjects as well. During the 4th year the medical licensing examination is taken.
- Residency. After the completion of medical school, the school of radiology follows. This is another 4-year course where the specifics of radiology are taught. The student will then choose a specific specialty.
- Certification. It’s almost over, but not quite: there’s still one year to go, as the student (now already a doctor) must complete the requirements for certification.
It’s important to stay healthy; it’s important to take care of our bodies. Having a healthy lifestyle should be everyone’s responsibility. Eat well and exercise regularly.
It’s always better to prevent than to cure, of course, and there are many things you can do to stay fit and healthy. Unfortunately, we all have our weak times now and again, but it’s good to know you can always count on medical professionals – including radiologists – when you need their help. If you feel you need medical attention, never hesitate to consult the professionals.
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