Why are Radiology Sub-Specialists Essential?
Simply put, you would not go to a general surgeon to have open heart surgery— even if they trained in the practice area during their residency. Instead, you would go to a cardiac surgeon who did a fellowship or sub-specialty training in cardiac surgery, and who is an expert in that specific type of surgery.
The same rationale holds true in all fields of medicine – particular radiology.
There are several sub-specialty fields in radiology. These fields include musculoskeletal Radiology, Neuroradiology, Body Imaging and Mammography – just to name a few.
The Extra Mile in the Field of Radiology
Sub-speciality training in the field of radiology entails a minimum of one extra year of fellowship training after successfully completing a full residency in diagnostic radiology. That extra training allows the radiologist to hone in on that particular field of radiology, and learn it from attending radiologists who have been both teaching and practicing in that particular field of radiology for years. Thereby, they themselves become experts in that particular field of radiology.
Sub-specialists in radiology not only train in a sub-specialty, but they also practice that specialty. This means the speciality is incorporated as part of the required continuing medical education, as well as exposure to more of those types of patient imaging studies in comparison to other radiologists. This provides an edge in that sub-specialized field of radiology.
“The eyes do not see what the brain does not know.”
Sub-specialists in radiology will likely see and therefore diagnose patients in a more specific way through the use of imaging. The reason for this is that “the eyes do not see what the brain does not know.” The radiologist who has spent his or her life learning a particular field becomes an expert in that field and is subsequently more capable than others. Therefore, their brains will know what to look for and how to analyze what is presented in the study. Their trained eyes will see what they need to see to make the diagnosis and—most importantly—to help the patient.
Remember, you do not go to a general surgeon to have open heart surgery…so don’t have a general radiologist read your knee, spine, or abdomen scans. Request a sub-specialty trained radiologist for the care you need.
^Continuity of Care
The Premier Advantage in Customer & Patient Care
When your scan goes out into the digital world in search of a qualified radiologist, do you know the path it takes? Premier believes in always giving you and your patients a little something extra. Unlike typical tele-radiology businesses, Premier Radiology Services offers continuity of care. That means that scans go out, reads come in, and your designated tele-radiologist remains on call for any additional support your patient or practice may need.