Radiology Medical Team
The People Behind the TechnologyAt the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Radiology Department, we are naturally proud of the advanced technology we use to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries. However, the best technology in the world is useless without the right people to operate it.
Our department is comprised of an unparalleled team or radiologists and diagnostic imaging professionals who will work with you to ensure your procedure is successful and that the diagnostic information it yields is extremely accurate.
Radiologists are doctors who are experts in analyzing medical images obtained by procedures such as X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI scans, CT scans and other imaging technology.
Forming a correct diagnosis from the results of a medical imaging procedure requires years of experience. Your radiologist has advanced knowledge about the structure of the human body and is an expert on radiation, physics, computers and the complicated technologies used to create medical images.
Radiologist spend years in post-graduate training before they can begin treating patients. Typically they must:
- Complete regular medical school like all doctors.
- Complete a four-year diagnostic radiology residency where they thoroughly cover advanced subjects such as radiobiology.
- Pass a medical physics board exam covering the science and technology of scans and image devices.
- Pass all board examinations and become certified.
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Diagnostic Imaging Professionals
Our radiologists are assisted by radiologic technologists (RTs) and radiologic nurses.
RTs undergo formal training and perform most of the radiography exams. They set-up, adjust and operate advanced equipment to produce images, explain procedures and position you on the examining table.
Radiologic nurses help provide for your physical, mental and emotional needs during your procedure. They may give you certain medications and play a critical role in ensuring your safety and comfort during your procedure.
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