Secret confessions of a radiologist - Ep. 54

October 24, 2022
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Radiology is the use of imaging, like X-rays, for medical purposes and is one of the most important disciplines in medicine. Without radiologists, or doctors who interpret what’s in the images, patients wouldn’t get the diagnoses they need. Often that diagnosis is crucial to saving someone’s life.

Radiologists analyze X-rays, MRIs and other images and share what they think is going on in the images. They can also perform procedures related to the test, such as biopsies and inserting stents. 

Many patients never even see the radiologist, but the radiologist sees a lot (how about an engagement ring that was accidentally swallowed?).

In Episode 54, Dr. G and his guest, Marcus Parker, MD, board-certified general and diagnostic radiologist, discuss some of the things they’ve seen as well as fascinating details about radiology and its vital importance in healthcare.


Myths vs. Facts

“The only thing radiologists do is look at X-rays.” – Myth
Radiologists interpret a variety of imaging scans and do procedures related to those things, such as biopsies, drainages, endovascular procedures, putting in stents and more.

“Radiologists are often involved in the diagnosis of illness.” – Fact
Increasingly, medicine has moved toward imaging being the primary means of diagnosis.

“Radiation from diagnostic imaging is harmful.” – Both
There is always a risk of harm from radiation, but providers take measures to limit exposure and keep procedures safe. 

“Most medical school graduates will never do a rotation in radiology.” – Myth
A radiology rotation is popular among medical students.

“Since it happens on TV, radiology testing results are instant, right?” – Myth
Results are not instant but are usually available quickly.

“X-rays are an outdated technology.” – Myth
There is still a role for X-rays.

“Artificial intelligence is going to take over the radiology profession.” – Myth
Artificial intelligence will come to play a role, but likely will be supplemental to human interpretation.

Listener healthy OH-YEAH!

“I usually try to get down to the beach 4-5 times a year. It’s good for your mental health.” – M.R.

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