Radiology Specializations

Vascular/Interventional Radiology
specialty of radiology involves the heart and arteries of the body. Using catheters and other small devices, you'll perform minor invasive procedures to find abnormalities. These vascular procedures are so noninvasive that they can often be done without anesthesia.
Pediatric Radiology
If you prefer to work with children, perhaps pediatric radiology is your radiology sub-specialty. You'll work with infants, children and adolescents to find anomalies in their developing bodies. This sub-specialty encompasses many aspects and diagnostic tests, just like diagnostic radiology. Some of the topics you'll study include neurosciences, neonatal, oncology and disease.
Nuclear Medicine
Using a radiopharmaceutical that is either orally or intravenously given to a patient, radiologists track the movement of the gamma rays to uncover anomalies, cancers or abnormal functions of organs. This test is called the position emission tomography (PET) scan. In a nuclear medicine residency, you'll spend the majority of your time with PET scans, though some lecturing and time with other diagnostic tests can be expected. Upon completion of your residency, you should be eligible to sit for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine certification exam (www.abnm.org).
Radiation Oncology
Along with other diagnostic imaging tests, you'll spend time studying molecule radiology, radiation oncology, radiation therapy, brachytherapy (when radiation is placed on cancer cells) and dosimetry (the dosage of radiation) during your residency. The majority of your time will be familiarizing yourself with patient care. You'll learn how to speak with patients who are diagnosed with cancer, track progress through treatment, learn how to admit patients, experience complications and gain an understanding of recurrences. Research and lab work are encouraged
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