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Subspeciality Practise in Radiology

Has the time come for the radiologists to now look into subspecialisation?

 Very often nowadays, we see clinicians, and by clinicians, i am implying good specialists in their own branches like neurology and orthopaedics, commenting-- i can see the study better than the radiologists and reports are just a formality for the insurance and claims settlement.

Further, in our own teleradiology practise, we have noticed that we have a distinct edge over other because of our subspecialty exposure in neuroradiology and musculoskeletal imaging. Further with addition of people with exposure in cardiac radiology and breast imaging we could get more work. This is probably because of peculiar way radiology practise is based in India. Although it is difficult to get fully trained radiologist at most places, getting a general radiologist is not so much of an issue. So, with most of the imaging centres looking to get things done in cost effective manner to say the least, getting routine work via teleradiology/ outsourcing has become difficult.

However, there is still a room for doubt solving wherein you get an atypical case and specialists want specific answers. I don’t know if it is a trend but sooner rather than later we might see a growing trend towards fellowships and subspeciality training in radiology also.

What are your thoughts on this?
Subspeciality Practise in Radiology Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Rating: 5


Karunakaran M said...

I do agree with u....

I feel its right time for superspeciality in radiological practice.

India needs good gastro, paediatric, nephro radiologists to cater the respective clinical personnel.

neuroradiolgy and musculoskeletal radiology are the only two areas in which a radiologist can specialise in India at this moment.

I will be happy to know if you can elobarate in detail about undergoing fellowships in other areas abroad.

I strongly believe to see good experise in the above specialities after half a decade.

Sumer Sethi said...

i agree with you. In india, in SGPGI there are post doctoral course in GI radiology. AIIMS in this year will have a good two day update course on pediatric radiology.

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