Neuroradiology is an important part of diagnosing and treating neurological symptoms, and is a sub-specialty of radiology. So, what is a Neuroradiologist? They are physicians that are a crucial part of the treatment and diagnostics of a patient that shows neuro symptoms. They will often be called upon by all of the other specialty doctors and general physicians where there is a neuro disorder that they need to diagnose.
The Neuroradiologist is in charge of consulting with other physicians day to day in order to ensure a proper and accurate diagnosis is achieved. They are the ones that prescribe the right tests that are used to help diagnose and eventually treat a patient. After all, you really need the best diagnosis possible in order to achieve the best outcome possible. They order scans and imagery of the head, spine, and neck in order to assist them with this process. You will also find them doing angiographic studies of the spine and brain in order to help them interpret their theories.
The exams that a Neuroradiologist prescribes help them to diagnose genetic conditions, stroke, tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, and a few other similar disorders. It is important to get an early diagnosis so that the physician can treat the problem accurately and as soon as possible. A lot of minimally invasive procedures are done by Neuroradiologists. These can include brain aneurysms, malformations, compression fractures, and a few others.
Training For A Neuroradiologist
If you are going to get into the field of radiology as a radiologist, you are going to need extensive education and training before doing so. Four years of college level education is followed by four years of medical school. After that you are going to have to complete a one year internship. Then once you have completed that, you will move on to a four year residence in radiology. Once that is done, you have the American Board of Radiology exams that you are going to have to pass to move on to the next level. If you pass those, then you can decide on your fellowship and start your career.
To become a Neuroradiologist, you are going to have to have the board certification. Then you are going to need to complete one to two years of fellowship training after you have completed your radiology residency. You can also make the decision on whether or not you are going to become trained in interventional neuroradiology as well after that. The next step would be to get your certification in Added Qualification (CAQ). In order to do this you must pass a test that involved general neuroradiology, spine neuroradiology, pediatric neuroradiology, and neck/head imagery. This test is provided also by the American Board of Radiology.