Difference between revisions of "Radiology"

From MedRevise
Jump to navigation Jump to search
 
Line 11: Line 11:
There are a huge range of types of imaging:
There are a huge range of types of imaging:
*'''[[Xray]]''' - also known as a [[radiograph]], this is the commonest type of imaging. Can be accompanied with radioactive dyes.
*'''[[Xray]]''' - also known as a [[radiograph]], this is the commonest type of imaging. Can be accompanied with radioactive dyes.
*[[image:pedo.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Pictured here sitting opposite a school playground, Raj is very happy with his Xray specs.]]'''[[Ultrasound]]''' - safe and very good for liquids, so commonly used in [[urology]], [[cardiology]] and [[obstetrics]].
*'''[[Ultrasound]]''' - safe and very good for liquids, so commonly used in [[urology]], [[cardiology]] and [[obstetrics]].
*'''[[CT scan]]''' - Basically a megaxray. Multiple angles, and much higher accuracy. Much higher radiation too...
*'''[[CT scan]]''' - Basically a megaxray. Multiple angles, and much higher accuracy. Much higher radiation too...
*'''[[MRI]]''' - An alternative to CTs that is much better at looking at soft tissues. Also radiation free! Also shockingly expensive...
*'''[[MRI]]''' - An alternative to CTs that is much better at looking at soft tissues. Also radiation free! Also shockingly expensive...

Latest revision as of 11:47, 22 May 2012

What is Radiology?

Radiology is the art of using technology to look through people. It can be very useful for checking for the presence of disease, especially stuff that causes physical changes. So a large tumour is easy to to find, whereas a viral infection is a lot harder

What can I do?

There are a huge range of types of imaging:

  • Xray - also known as a radiograph, this is the commonest type of imaging. Can be accompanied with radioactive dyes.
  • Ultrasound - safe and very good for liquids, so commonly used in urology, cardiology and obstetrics.
  • CT scan - Basically a megaxray. Multiple angles, and much higher accuracy. Much higher radiation too...
  • MRI - An alternative to CTs that is much better at looking at soft tissues. Also radiation free! Also shockingly expensive...

What do I need to know?

Learn how to present an xray. Make sure you can present a chest xray confidently, even if you don't know what's happening. Wouldn't hurt to be able to describe a broken leg or hip either!