A guide to medical etiquette: radiology
- By: David McAllister
At your interview for medical school (if you were interviewed) when you said why you wanted to be a doctor (if you were asked) it may be that you said, “I want to work in dark rooms away from patients starting at bright shiny boxes.” However, I guess that few of you said any such thing. None the less, people change, aspirations grow, and no doubt some of you will become radiologists.
Radiology is a modern specialty. Modern in that it crosses geographical boundaries. Surgery, medicine, and most of the various subspecialties are confined to a particular mode of treatment and therefore to a body of patients who are housed together. Herein lies their power. They have territory and a line in the sand at which they say, “This far and no further.”
This is not the case for radiologists. This, and their long hours in darkness, means that they