Diagnostic radiology is the field of medicine whereby images of the body are acquired by different imaging modalities to aid in the diagnosis across the spectrum of human disease processes. As a field, this includes aiding in the choice of the most appropriate, cost effective, and safest method of acquiring the images and ultimately in the interpretation of those images. These medical imaging specialists thereby act as expert consultants to referring physicians not only by aiding in diagnoses, but often in recommending further testing or treatment options. Although a patient may never meet with the radiologist who is reading their medical images, these highly trained doctors work closely with primary care providers and specialists to provide exceptional care and timely, accurate results.
Radiologists receive special training in their field in order to provide the best possible care to patients. After completing medical school, radiologists must also complete a minimum of five years of residency including one year of clinical medicine and four years devoted to all aspects of radiology including both diagnostic and interventional radiology. After residency, they have the option of completing one or two years of fellowship training in a subspecialty such as Interventional Radiology, Breast Imaging, Orthopedic or Musculoskeletal Imaging, Lung Cancer Screenings or Abdominal Imaging, to name a few. To become board certified, a radiologist must pass a number of exams from the American Board of Radiology, and often additional exams depending on the area of sub-specialization. They also must document continued proficiency throughout their career to maintain Board Certification.
Radiologists received extensive education and training in the interpretation of medical images across different modalities including: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography – 2D and 3D (Breast Tomosynthesis), Computed Tomography (CT or “CAT” scans), Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, and X-ray. Common conditions for which a person may need medical imaging include mammography to monitor for and detect breast abnormalities or cancer, ultrasound for a thyroid condition, bone density scans for osteoporosis, or a low-dose CT scan to monitor for and detect lung cancer. Radiologists work closely with Radiology Technicians who perform many of the diagnostic imaging procedures and are responsible for accurately positioning patients to ensure the image is produced clearly and correctly.
TPMG’s team of diagnostic radiologists have all received extensive training in their field and are fellowship trained in Breast Imaging, Abdominal Imaging, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). TPMG Imaging and Breast Centers are located in Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg.
The TPMG Imaging and Breast Centers in Newport News and Williamsburg have earned the prestigious designation of “Breast Center of Excellence” by the American College of Radiology.