The doctors at Desert Medical Imaging are all radiologists who are board-certified in diagnostic radiology, and each of them is also certified in a sub-specialty of radiology. A radiologist is a medical doctor who has been trained to use imaging technology like x-rays, Computed Tomography (CT) scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), PET/CT and ultrasound to diagnose medical conditions, and to treat and manage patients’ health using those technologies.
A Diagnostic Radiologist with a sub-specialty has not only completed five years of medical school with an internship and residency in radiology, but also an additional one- to two-year fellowship in a sub-specialty like Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, or Pain Medicine. Beyond these sub-specialties recognized by the American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiologists may study even more specific fields, or combine other types of medical practice with radiology, for example: Cardiac Imaging, CT Colonography, or Orthopedic and Sports medicine.
Most people already know that radiologists use medical imaging to get a detailed look at the interior of a patient’s body, sometimes to screen for potential health problems, other times, to identify the source of symptoms a patient may be experiencing. As imaging technology has advanced and radiologists have worked to develop new ways to use that technology, the number of ways a radiologist can help a patient has grown exponentially. Medical imaging is no longer just for screening and diagnosis; radiologists now combine medical imaging with other techniques to offer treatment and management of health conditions, as well.