Radiology refers to a certain branch of medicine that uses radiant energy for the treatment of diseases. This can be divided into two broad categories- interventional and diagnostic radiology. We will look into these two types of radiology below.
Diagnostic radiologists make use of different imaging procedures to check the body and diagnose the condition of the patient. After finding the diagnosis, the radiologist plays a significant role in recommending you to a physician and interpreting the report of the images. Subsequently, they will give you the treatment that you need to follow. Some diagnostic radiologists specialize in chest radiology, neck and head radiology, breast imaging, pediatric radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, cardiovascular radiology, neuroradiology, and so on.
Interventional radiologists help treat and diagnose patients with the help of less invasive techniques such as MRI and X-rays. They make small incisions on your body through which they navigate their instruments to find out the source of the problem. After this, they use targeted treatments to help you recover. These treatments work for different conditions such as uterine fibroids, heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Uses of radiology
Radiology is used for the following imaging exams-
These are the X-rays that enable radiologists to check breast tissues.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI
MRI uses radio waves and magnetic fields with computerized processing for the creation of images.
Ultrasounds make use of sound waves to display moving images on the monitor, and it is most commonly used at the time of pregnancy.
- Computed Tomography or CT scan
CT scans help view several angles in X-rays to formulate computerized processing images.
Fluoroscopy captures real-time moving images. It is especially used to view the gastrointestinal tract.
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