Twenty first century medical heroes
- By: Cheng Xie, Qi Huang, Annette Jones
In modern medicine, diagnosis has become heavily dependant on imaging and radiologists. A good radiologist has to have an eye for detail and be able to recognise subtle changes in a radiograph or scan that would be easily missed by other doctors. They are heavily involved in many multidisciplinary teams—for example, their evaluation of a breast tumour can make the difference between a local excision or a mastectomy; and three dimensional imaging of a congenital heart defect will guide a surgeon much more accurately than plain x rays or exploratory surgery would be able to.
Twenty first century radiologists come from a variety of backgrounds. Before they are trained in their specialty, most of them will have already acquired extensive knowledge and experience in either medicine or surgery. Radiology training is then built on this foundation.
Today’s radiologists also perform interventional procedures in their daily work, including image guided biopsy,