Diagnostic radiologists are trained to utilize various imagining technology to make the proper diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions. Radiologists are licenses physician skilled at operating imaging equipment including x-ray machines, CT scans, ultrasounds, and MRIs. In addition to the proper operation, radiologists are also experienced at interpreting what the resulting images mean concerning the health of the patient.
This specialty does not translate into assisting with the general medical needs of a patient but rather requires this type of physician to use their knowledge in interpreting test results to decipher the right course of treatment in conjunction with the patient’s regular doctor.
If you have been referred to a diagnostic radiologist for an on the job injury, it is important to schedule the appointment as soon as possible. At the time of appointment scheduling, you will need to provide an overview of the recommended testing. Be sure to inquire about what you need to wear and other preparations you will need to make prior to the imagining test. This also may include whether you are allowed to eat or drink prior to the testing.
At your appointment you will need to complete basic medical forms concerning your injury and current health. Any records or information from your regular physician will also be necessary. Depending on the type of imaging test you will need to have, you will be prepped for your test and may need to wear protective materials on parts of the body not involved to reduce the risk of excessive radiation from the testing procedure.
After the testing has been completed, the radiologist will likely not share details of the testing results with you personally. Their report on the testing will be made available to your physician so you will need to follow up with your doctor. If you have the testing done in the hospital on an emergency basis, the attending physician may provide immediate treatment before suggesting a follow up with your family doctor.