Dr. Gregory Connor discusses the role of a radiologist in the medical arena.
Anchor: Welcome back to we are Austin. You know, a picture is worth a thousand words especially when it comes to your health.
Dr. Gregory Connor with ARA shares the many ways they use imaging to get people the help they need. It’s nice to see you Dr. Connor. Thanks for being here. Doctor: Thank you Taylor. Thanks for having me. Anchor: So, we’re talking about radiology and radiologists and that’s really a term we’ve all heard a lot, but what do radiologists really do? Doctor: Well, a radiologist is a medical doctor who has gone through four years of medical school. Once they get their medical degree in medical school, they then go on to do internships, residency, usually fellowship – many additional years of training to become
experts in using medical imaging to diagnose disease and injuries. So
sometimes radiologists are thought of as “the doctor’s doctor,” because usually we are the doctor that your primary care doctor might turn to for assistance.
Anchor: As consulting with. Doctor: As a consultant for assistance to try and get to the bottom of what’s going on with
the help of all the many medical imaging studies that we perform. Anchor: Right, and what are some of those different imaging studies? I know like CT scan, MRI. Doctor: Exactly. So, you know many the one of the most common and the basics that people think of are
x-rays,. We do a lot of x-rays. We do mammography for screening of breast cancer, and then we do many different more advanced imaging studies that
include ultasound, CT scans, MRI, PET scans. Anchor: And so, all of that’s kind of housed under this umbrella of radiology.
Doctor: That’s right. Anchor: Which I think it’s really good to know, kind of where that’s all coming from. Doctor: So part of that training, we all as radiologists
learn to interpret all of those studies, Anchor: Okay
Doctor: And then many of us go on and do some further kind of sub-specialization where you really learn to become an expert in
just a few of those imaging modalities. Anchor: Being able to diagnose something really specific.
Doctor: Exactly. Anchor: So, tell me kind of what you think is
exciting in this field right now, like what does the future look like of radiology?
Doctor: Well one of the things that we’re very excited about is being able
to bring to our community 3D mammography. Anchor: Yeah. Doctor: We now are able to do screening
mammograms looking for breast cancer where we are really able to look at
layers of the breast tissue in a very precise way that wasn’t possible until
very recently. It’s kind of a revolutionary improvement in the
detection of breast cancer so we, we’re finding breast cancers much earlier at
an earlier stage where they’re much more easily treated. Anchor: Yeah that’s really good to hear. Anything else on the forefront like that? Doctor: Another area that we’re
very excited about is the interventional procedures that we perform. I was
mentioning how different radiologists end up subspecializing, we have some
radiologists who subspecialize actually in image guided procedures. So,
after doing a four-year residency where they learn how to diagnose disease,
then they also learn how to use the imaging as a guide to do certain
treatments, so we’re doing a lot of vein therapy in the legs for
varicose veins and things where we use precise image guidance to close those
veins up in a very minimally invasive way. Anchor: Wow, that is so impressive. So you were kind of
speaking to it earlier, but where does a radiologist kind of fall in the landscape
of the medical profession in general? Doctor: Well yes, as I was saying you know one of
the exciting things about being a radiologist is that at some point in
almost everyone’s life, I end up getting involved in trying to help them
whether they realize it or not. Most people at some point in their life are
going to need some medical imaging to help their doctors figure out what’s
going on. Sometimes it’s just for a screening purpose like a mammogram,
they’re having no problems but we’re still going to be involved in your lives.
Sometimes some patients don’t realize that because oftentimes
we’re behind the scenes. You come in and you get your imaging study performed and you’ve got to get on to the rest of your day. So you may not necessarily interact
with the radiologist that’s there. Behind the scenes we’re helping your
doctor get to the bottom of what’s going in your health. Anchor: Yeah, that’s really neat, Dr. Connor. Thanks so much and thanks for the role you play. So we’ll put some
info on the screen about how people can find ARA in the Austin area. You guys
have been here for a long time really serving the community. You can head to
that website or call the number you see on the screen to book appointments. Thank you
for educating us with that, we’ll see you soon. Doctor: Thank you, Taylor. Appreciate it.