What a radiologist is and why many more are needed

Sunday 8 November 2015

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) is asking organisations and individuals to join it in supporting the International Day of Radiology on 8 November 2015.

To help members of the public understand the huge contribution radiologists make to the treatment and care of patients, the College has produced two factsheets. The first explains what a clinical radiologist is, while the second factsheet focuses on the rising demand for imaging such as X-rays and CT scans and why more radiologists are needed.

Commenting on the International Day of Radiology, Dr Giles Maskell, President of the RCR said:

 “The College is pleased to celebrate International Day of Radiology and we hope that these factsheets allow more people to understand what a radiologist does and the vital role they play in modern medicine.

“The skill of radiologists in interpreting complex scans is crucial in the early detection and diagnosis of serious conditions including cancer as well as in the delivery of cancer screening programmes. The NHS simply could not function without the expertise of radiologists.”

Almost all doctors including GPs rely on the radiologist’s report and advice. For example, radiologists are available 24/7/365 to diagnose and advise on the treatment of serious conditions including cancer, stroke, dementia, infections and injuries.

Prompt and accurate diagnosis by radiologists saves lives and saves money for the NHS.

Join us in celebrating the achievements of radiologists on the International Day of Radiology (#IDOR2015) which the College will be tweeting at @RCRadiologists using the hashtag #YesWeScan.