What is Radiology?

Have you ever had an MRICT (CAT) Scan or X-ray? These machines study diagnostic imaging information that radiologists use to make diagnoses.

Radiology is a branch of medicine that uses medical imaging to diagnose and treat diseases.

Radiologists function as consultants, using medical imaging to diagnose and treat medical problems at the request of clinicians (medical practitioners who directly meet with patients to manage their health/concerns).  However, certain sub-specialist radiologists, such as breast imagers and interventionists, often have their own clinics and see patients directly.

In general, to become a radiologist in the United States, a person must complete high school, undergraduate college, medical school, and a radiology residency. Most radiologists also complete a sub-specialty fellowship. A United States medical license and a state medical license are required to practice radiology, as well.

UofL Physicians – Radiology has more than 20 years of experience and extensive expertise in the imaging and treatment of a diverse spectrum of diseases, offering our patients and their referring physicians access to leading-edge knowledge and health care delivery that is second-to-none.

If your health care provider recommends medical imaging, UofL Physicians – Radiology has multiple locations in a convenient and timely manner. Please visit UofLHealth.org for more information.

Please note, to ensure patients receive appropriate medical care, patients should first reach out to their primary care practitioner, go to the emergency room, or call 911, as appropriate, for any new or worsening medical problems.

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Article by: Jonathan K. Joshi, M.D.

Jonathan K. Joshi, M.D., completed his undergrad career with a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Kentucky. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of Louisville. His post-graduate training includes an internship in Internal Medicine and a radiology residency at UofL Hospital and a cross-sectional body imagining fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Joshi's services include radiology and diagnostic imaging & radiology with areas of interest in cardiac imaging and emergency radiology. At UofL Dr. Joshi is an associate professor in the department of Radiology.

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