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What is the daily life of a radiologist consist of?


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A diagnostic radiologist reviews images over the computer (PACS) and generates reports for the ordering physician. Imaging modalities include x-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine. For outpatient imaging, the hours are usually pretty regular, eg 8am-5pm. Inpatient hours vary. My group provides 24/7 coverage for our hospitals so our start time and stop time are staggered to provide the most in-house coverage at peak busy times. There are 2 weeks a year in which we cover a 4p-11p shift and 2 weeks we cover a 10p-7a shift.

My specialty is interventional radiology. I also interpret diagnostic imaging. In addition I perform image guided procedures. For example, we perform thermal ablation of tumors by inserting probes into the lesion under CT guidance and either heat the lesion or freeze it until cell death occurs. We also perform vascular procedures opening and closing veins and arteries as necessary. We can also inject chemotherapy or radiation beads into the blood supply feeding a tumor. More routine procedures also include: starting central lines, paracentesis (draining ascites), thoracentesis (draining pleural fluid), biopsies, and abscess drainage.

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Saquib’s Answer

Here is a list of tasks that Radiologists do every day.

--Obtain patients’ histories from electronic records, patient interviews, dictated reports, or by communicating with referring clinicians.
--Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
--Perform or interpret the outcomes of diagnostic imaging procedures including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), ---positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology treadmill studies, mammography, or ultrasound.
--Review or transmit images and information using picture archiving or communications systems.
--Communicate examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.

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Mary’s Answer

A radiologist reads the images taken from many different type of imaging exams (for example: xray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, etc.). They spend most of their time reviewing the images and creating a written report that describes what they saw, and that report is sent back to the doctor who requested the imaging scan to be done. The report contains diagnostic information (both normal and abnormal findings) so that a diagnosis can be made and treatment given to the patient. A radiologist must be very familiar with human anatomy and pathology. Most radiologists specialize in reading images from certain types of scans (like CT, MRI or Ultrasound).

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Review the info on this website. https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=article-your-radiologist

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Rachel’s Answer

My dad performs neuroradiology which primarily consists of reading images of the brain and spine. A few days a week, he will perform procedures on blood vessels or other areas of the body with the help of radiologic guidance.

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