Fast Facts | What is a Radiologist?
February 21, 2018

CORA has an amazing team of radiologists that are happy to help with any number of imaging services in Bend, Redmond, and greater Central Oregon and Eastern Oregon. Still, we frequently receive questions from our patients as to what exactly a radiologist is and whether or not they differ from medical doctors. Here are our answers to all of your questions about radiology in Bend.

Answers To Your Questions About Radiology

What is a Radiologist?

Radiologists are medical doctors (also called physicians). They have completed a bachelor’s degree, four years of medical school, and then five years of residency training. All of the radiologists at Central Oregon Radiology Associates have also completed an additional year-long fellowship, giving them additional expertise in a certain subspecialty.

Radiologists, as all other medical doctors, continue to pursue lifelong education during their careers. Their goal is provide the most helpful, effective, and efficient way to care for patients by using all imaging modalities. We not only help diagnose different conditions and disease, but we are experts in performed image-guided minimally invasive treatments and therapies as well. Feel free to call and schedule an appointment or contact us with questions.

The Radiology Specialization

Your doctor may have referred you to our imaging services which may have left you wondering what, if any, was the difference between your referring doctor and your radiologist at CORA. The difference, as they say, is in the details. Both your referring physician, and your radiologist are medical doctors, but they each have different specializations.

Just as you may see a neurologist for brain and spinal cord issues, or a cardiologist for heart issues, you would see a radiologist for diagnosing and treating various injuries and diseases using imaging technologies. All of these individuals are medical doctors; they merely specialize in different disciplines.

Radiologists specialize in the ability to use radiation and other imaging techniques to scan the body using x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, nuclear medicine, vascular and interventional radiology, and others. Sometimes we use 3-D imaging to get a clearer picture of what may be going on in internal organs or tissues. These tools allow radiologists to interpret, diagnose, and treat tumors, cancers, diseases, injuries, and many other maladies.

Schedule Your Appointment for Radiology in Bend

You may wish to see a radiologist for preventative care such as mammograms and women’s imaging services, or under recommendation from your primary care physician. Schedule your appointment or contact us for more information. We’d love to help you with all of your needs regarding radiology in Bend.