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The practice of radiology has spawned two groups of radiologists. The first group is known as the diagnostic radiologist who focuses their practice on image interpretation. The diagnostic radiologist utilizes various imaging technologies to diagnose and treat diseases. These imaging technologies include but not limited to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET/CT), nuclear medicine, ultrasound, digital mammography, digital x-ray, and fluoroscopy. The second group of radiologists practice interventional & vascular radiology. Interventional & vascular radiology performs in minimally invasive procedures with the guidance of imaging technologies. These technologies include a fluoroscopic C-arm and computed tomography (CT). They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties.

Both diagnostic and interventional & vascular radiologists complete at least 14 years of medical training, which includes 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 1 year of internship, 4 years of residency training in radiology, and an additional 1-2 years of fellowship training in a particular sub-specialty of radiology. These sub-specialty areas include neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, body imaging, women’s imaging, pediatric imaging, cardiothoracic imaging, vascular & interventional radiology, and neurointerventional radiology.

In addition to one’s radiology training, board certification is paramount. Within radiology, a radiologist would sit for his/her board exam with the American Board of Radiology. For those physicians who specialized in nuclear medicine, they would sit for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. In additional to the previously mentioned boards, a cardiothoracic radiologist would sit for his/her certification by the Certification Board of Cardiovascular CT and or Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.

The next level of certification falls with the Certification of Additional Qualifications or also known as CAQ’s. Currently, CAQ’s are available for neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, and vascular & interventional radiology.

Since 1970, Radiology Associates of Florida, PA has expanded their clinical practice to encompass all the above areas of sub-specialization, board certifications and CAQ’s.