What Is A Radiologist?

Medical imaging plays a vital role in protecting your health—and so does your radiologist. When it comes to identifying and diagnosing an injury or illness, or monitoring the progress of treatments you have received, radiologists are experts in utilizing medical imaging techniques such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and more to provide critical insights to your physician.

Radiologists are medical doctors who complete at least 13 years of training, including medical school, a four-year residency and most often, an additional one- or two-year fellowship of specialized training, such as neuroradiology or interventional radiology. They are certified by the American Board of Radiology, an organization that imposes exacting requirements for continuing medical education throughout a radiologist’s practicing years.

Intermountain Medical Imaging’s radiologists are trained across a wide range of radiology sub-specialties, giving us expertise in all facets of medical imaging. At IMI, your procedure will always be supervised and interpreted by a specialty-appropriate, fellowship-trained and fully board-certified radiologist.

HOW WILL MY EXAMINATION BE PLANNED AND PERFORMED?

Based on your symptoms, physical examination findings, laboratory results and information from your health care provider, your radiologist will carefully plan and tailor the requested exam to specifically address the area of clinical concern. In some cases, your radiologist will conduct the examination themselves. In others, a board-certified radiologic technologist, supervised by our radiologists, will perform the study.

WHO INTERPRETS MY EXAMINATION?

In all cases, imaging studies at IMI are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist, typically one with fellowship training specific to the study being performed. For example, a brain MRI study is read by a fellowship-trained neuroradiologist. IMI includes these specialist interpretations with your examination results, which are often peer-reviewed and discussed by a number of our radiologists.

HOW WILL MY PHYSICIAN RECEIVE THE RESULTS OF MY EXAMINATION?

As soon as your radiologist has interpreted the results of your examination and issued their report, IMI will electronically transmit your examination results directly to your provider via a secure, confidential system, typically within 24-48 hours.

To learn more about radiologists and the role that they play in your care, visit the American College of Radiology.

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