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What is a Radiologist?

Post Date: July 7, 2014
What is a Radiologist?

Lots of people are familiar with x-rays. They’ve either gotten one themselves or taken a child or family member for one to diagnose an injury. They’re usually so focused on the results of the exam that they don’t stop to think about who provides those results: radiologists.

Radiologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries using medical imaging. In other words, they interpret pictures taken by x-ray and ultrasound machines as well as CT, MRI, and nuclear medicine scanners. Besides interpreting images, some radiologists use the images they’ve taken to perform minimally invasive procedures.

After medical school, doctors interested in becoming radiologists train for five years. To specialize in pediatric radiology, doctors must train an additional one to two years during a fellowship.


Here at Cincinnati Children’s, we have 35 dedicated pediatric radiologists on our faculty. We even have radiologists who further specialize within pediatric radiology and are experts in certain parts of the body, such as the brain, internal organs, and muscles, bones and joints. Our radiologists take pride in what they do and are some of the best in the country. Not only is their education and skill second to none, but they’re also incredibly caring, thoughtful and friendly people. They are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help take care of your child.


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About the author: Alex Towbin

Alex is a radiologist and the Neil D. Johnson Chair of Radiology Informatics. In this role, he helps to manage the information systems used by the Radiology department. Clinically, Alex is the Assistant Director of thoracoabdominal imaging. His research interests include liver disease, liver tumors, inflammatory bowel disease, and appendicitis.

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The Radiology Department at Cincinnati Children's is a leader in pediatric diagnostic imaging, radiology research, and radiation dose reduction.

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