Radiology Is A Major Breakthrough In The Medical Field

By: Kimberly Thane

Earlier, we only had x-ray methods of detecting a disease but since the last 10-15 years, we have other methods like ultrasound and other imaging methods. Imaging simply means creating an image of the insides of your body and radiology is the use of radiation for different types of 'imaging,' including X-rays and radarscopes.

When doctors take the help of radiation for various types of imaging then it is called the science of radiology. Actually there are many other names for it. You can call it radioscopy or clinical radiology. When radiology is used for medical purposes then it is called clinical radiology.

Radiology is used for treating and diagnosing various types of disease or injuries. Radiation therapy is the use of radiant energy to destruct tumors by radiation. With the help of radiology, a radiologist can x-ray or do an ultrasound or use the method of magnetic assisted resonance imaging to take photographs of the bones in your body or your arteries as well as the soft tissues parts of your body.

The person who is a specialist in this field is called a radiologist.

He has deep knowledge of understanding and ‘reading an image' or what we tend to call ‘x-ray' and they can tell us accurately how severe is the injury. They can even ‘see' the tumors that may be there. They are always correct in their reports. For this very reason, the doctors ask us to get a report done. Only a report of this kind can confirm it. The radiologist reads the report and even discusses with the doctor on the method of treatment that has to be followed. Radiology is so important that those medical clinics that don't have their own radiology lab have to depend on others for getting it done.

Since the entire treatment of the patient is based on this report, we can well understand the importance and responsibility of the radiologist. He must take the image very carefully and also study it carefully. Suppose he is not careful enough then there may be defects in the report and that may subsequently lead to wrong diagnosis and wrong medication. Don't think that it is an easy job. Suppose the patient is very ill, has hurt himself badly or is having severe pain. The patient will then be very restless. This makes it very difficult for the radiologist to calm the patient enough so that he/she may allow the radiologist to do his/her work properly. The radiologist must be very patient and must know how to tackle difficult patients. He/she must also explain to the patient the procedure of radiology and also study his/her medical records carefully as many of us do get intimidated by those big machines.

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