What is a Diagnostic Radiologist?

Published on: August 2, 2014

A diagnostic radiologist is a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine who specializes in diagnosing diseases using medical imaging techniques such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear imaging, and ultrasound. While all diagnostic radiologists go through extensive clinical work and related research, most typically specialize in just a few radiology subspecialties.

Many women find that they need to have an appointment with a diagnostic radiologist at some point in their adult lives. From breast imaging, bone density scanning, ultrasound guided biopsy, and more, a specific radiologist with training in female medicine can be of great importance.

Breast imaging
The subspecialty of radiology devoted to the diagnostic imaging and diagnosis of breast diseases and conditions. This includes mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and breast procedures such as breast biopsy.

Bone density scans These scans use dual energy X-ray absorptiometry technology in order to accurately diagnose osteoporosis and to determine the bone health in women as well as their risks for fractures.

Almost all women who need to have radiology services will have an outpatient appointment. While these appointments can be done at a hospital, many patients prefer to go to an outpatient diagnostic imaging center because of the comfort and personalized care that they receive. Doctors’ offices are generally able to set these appointments up and make sure that the insurance will be billed directly. A diagnostic radiologist is able to work with doctors and patients to find answers that are not at the surface level and help direct future medical decision.

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