Canada’s Radiologists: Physician specialists in diagnostic imaging
Diagnosing an illness or disease and determining if treatment is working often requires physicians and other healthcare providers to see inside the body and look in ways the human eye cannot. A number of different imaging exams can be used to provide this view, including X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, CT scan, and PET scan. Radiologists are the physicians who specialize in interpreting the results of these imaging exams. Family physicians and other specialists turn to radiologists for consultation on the safest and most effective exam, and what the results mean for the patient and the treatment options.
In many cases, you will not meet the radiologist who is working on your behalf. You can trust, however, that they have the knowledge and experience to help you and your doctor make informed decisions about your health care.
Information You Can Use
The CAR believes that patients and their families are at the centre of the healthcare team. That’s why this section of our web site contains practical information you can use to make safe and effective choices.
Know what to Expect: www.radiologyinfo.ca
The CAR has created a web site to help you understand the different kinds of diagnostic imaging exams and to help you or a family member prepare for the exam. Visit www.radiologyinfo.ca and discover clear answers to your radiology questions.
The CAR is a proud member of the international Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. For information to help you make informed choices about diagnostic imaging for your child, please visit the Parents page of the Image Gently web site
Find an Accredited Clinic:
As part of our ongoing efforts to promote patient safety and ensure the best healthcare for patients, the CAR accredits radiology clinics whose equipment, processes and people meet the highest standards. Our accreditation program currently applies to mammography clinics and Bone Mineral Density clinics. The CAR will soon develop accreditation programs for other types of diagnostic imaging.
Find an accredited mammography clinic in your area...
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